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Louis Armstrong, an American Genius 5 editions

Cover of: Louis Armstrong, an American Genius by James Lincoln Collier
About the Book

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.
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Dewey 785.42/092/4, B

5 editions First published in 1983

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Cover of: Louis Armstrong, an American genius
1983, Oxford University
Louis Armstrong, an American genius
in English
Cover of: Louis Armstrong
1983, Oxford University Press
Louis Armstrong
Hardcover in English
Cover of: Louis Armstrong, an American genius
1983, Oxford University Press
Louis Armstrong, an American genius
in English
Cover of: Lui Armstrong
1987, "Raduga"
Lui Armstrong
in Russian
Cover of: Lui Armstrong
2001, Pressverk
Lui Armstrong
in Russian

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