The Leading eBooks Store Online 4,267,188 members ⚫ 1,417,821 ebooks

New to

Learn more

Louis Armstrong

An American Genius

Louis Armstrong by James Lincoln Collier
Buy this eBook
US$ 29.95
(If any tax is payable it will be calculated and shown at checkout.)
Louis Armstrong. "Satchmo." To millions of fans, he was just a great entertainer. But to jazz aficionados, he was one of the most important musicians of our times--not only a key figure in the history of jazz but a formative influence on all of 20th-century popular music. Set against the backdrop of New Orleans, Chicago, and New York during the "jazz age", Collier re-creates the saga of an old-fashioned black man making it in a white world. He chronicles Armstrong's rise as a musician, his scrapes with the law, his relationships with four wives, and his frequent feuds with fellow musicians Earl Hines and Zutty Singleton. He also sheds new light on Armstrong's endless need for approval, his streak of jealousy, and perhaps most important, what some consider his betrayal of his gift as he opted for commercial success and stardom. A unique biography, knowledgeable, insightful, and packed with information, it ends with Armstrong's death in 1971 as one of the best-known figures in American entertainment. 
Oxford University Press; October 1985
410 pages; ISBN 9780198020486
Read online, or download in secure PDF format
Title: Louis Armstrong
Author: James Lincoln Collier
  • News
Ricky Riccardi: Armstrong Reconsidered - JazzTimes Magazine
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:56:09 -0700
JazzTimes MagazineRicky Riccardi: Armstrong ReconsideredJazzTimes MagazineRiccardi studied the life and music of Louis ...