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The Louis Armstrong companion : eight decades of commentary
Berrett, Joshua.
Publication Information:
New York : Schirmer Books, [1999]

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xvi, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Central Library ML419.A75 L68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Central Library ML419.A75 L68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Drawing on the resources of the Louis Armstrong archives, this book offers a tribute to a renowned trumpeter, vocalist and Ambassador of Jazz. Included in this collection are Armstrong's autobiographical writings and colourful letters to friends and family, many never published.

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Berrett has brought together more than 45 diverse documents concerning Armstrong, resulting in a fascinating if somewhat loosely connected volume. From Armstrong himself come autobiographical writings, a generous sampling of letters, and reminiscences of important figures in his life, including his wives Lil and Lucille and his agents (complete with their underworld associations). Some of these same selections appear--in their flavorful, unedited versions--in Louis Armstrong, in His Own Words, ed. and introduced by Thomas Brothers (CH, Apr'00). Other selections come from musical associates (mostly in interviews)--other musicians, journalists, critics, and scholars. Although the selections cover Armstrong's life, loves, friends, musical companions, and music, somewhat puzzlingly the two longest pieces are essays on Armstrong's work in films and his connection with Bing Crosby. Though organized loosely around periods or themes in Armstrong's life, this is not a book to be read straight through as history. A fairly detailed chronology and a selected discography are worthy additions. Laurence Bergreen's Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life (CH, Dec'97) remains the biography of choice for the general reader, but Berrett has contributed a volume that adds savory details to an already well-documented story. For large music collections. K. R. Dietrich; Ripon College

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