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Louis Armstrong, in His Own Words: Selected Writings

By Louis Armstrong, Thomas Brothers (Editor)

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, May 2001
ISBN: 019514046X
MY HERO recommends this book to adult readers.
This unparalleled collection of Louis Armstrong''s candid writings reveals a side of the artist not many people knew. Here are Armstrong''s own thoughts on his life and career: from poverty in New Orleans to playing in the famous cafes, cabarets, and saloons of Storyville; from his big break in 1922 with the King Oliver band to his storming of New York; from his breaking of color barriers in Hollywood to the infamous King of the Zulus incident in 1949; and finally, to his last days in Queens, New York.

Providing a balanced portrait of his life as a musician, entertainer, civil rights activist, and cultural icon, these writings reveal Armstrong''s candid, often controversial, opinions about racism, marijuana, bebop, and other jazz artists such as Jerry Roll Morton and Coleman Hawkins.

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