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Title:
Armstrong
Author:
Bradbury, David, 1943 January 20-
Publication Information:
London : Haus, 2003.
Physical Description:
170 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781904341475

9781904341468
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Louis Satchmo' Armstrong (1900-71), born in poverty, brought up in an orphanage, dominated one of the art forms of the 20th century: jazz.


Author Notes

A jazz fan since his schooldays, David Bradbury was able to talk to many musicians while he was based in New York as a British correspondent reporting on America. Now a freelance writer, he lives with his wife in North London


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Booklist Review

The one twentieth-century figure who is as much an icon of America as Washington and Lincoln is Louis Armstrong. He embodied the rags-to-riches American dream, and just as in that dream's fondest conceit, riches--not to mention worldwide renown--didn't change him. He remained a down-to-earth, everyday guy, who just happened to alter the character of popular music. Nothing in Bradbury's compact life contradicts that interpretation or exaggerates Armstrong in any way. To verify the hype about him, listen to his recordings, starting with those he cut playing second cornet tooe Oliver's lead in the Creoleazz Band. His lyrical open horn resounds through 80 years of acoustical haze, and it resounded yet more forcefully and originally in the succeeding groups he led on the more assertive trumpet. Treating other biographical details briskly, Bradbury focuses on notable recordings during the period each chapter covers, and most of the numerous sidebars, printed in red, cover particulars of Armstrong's musicianship and his principal musical associates. An excellent starter biography and listening companion. --Ray Olson Copyright 2004 Booklist


Table of Contents

Coal Cart Bluesp. 1
Cornet Chop Sueyp. 19
Mugglesp. 39
Swing That Musicp. 58
Jack-Armstrong Bluesp. 80
King of the Zulusp. 95
Black and Bluep. 113
La Vie en Rosep. 121
Notesp. 137
Acknowledgementsp. 144
Chronologyp. 146
Further Listeningp. 158
Picture Sourcesp. 162
Indexp. 163