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Louis Armstrong By Laurence Bergreen

Louis Armstrong
by Laurence Bergreen

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A biography of the jazz and blues master, using new material from the Louis Armstrong Archive. Louis Armstrong was a character of epic proportions - married four times, a life-long advocate of marijuana, who took his music from the streets of New Orleans to Hollywood, Europe and South America.
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Louis Armstrong: An Extraordinary Life by Laurence Bergreen

Perhaps America's greatest musical performer, Louis Armstrong was a character of epic proportions - married four times, with countless romantic involvements in and around his marriages, a life-long advocate of marijuana, who took his music from the streets of New Orleans to Hollywood, Europe, South America and, through his many recordings, the world. Armstrong was born to the 16-year-old daughter of a slave, who took to prostitution to support herself and her child. He spent time in reform school (where he first learned to play the bugle) and for a while earned his living as a pimp before starting to play jazz in the red-light district of New Orleans. He fought against prejudice, the Depression and the gangster-run music business of Chicago to become one of the most prominent and celebrated black men of his generation (he was the first black man to have his own radio show) and one of the most successful and popular jazz musicians of all time. The author had access to an archive of Armstrong's writing, recordings and photographs including 1800 hours of tape-recorded reminiscenes and anecdotes; 82 personal scrapbooks, 5000 candid photographs taken by Armstrong; 300 pages of unpublished autobiographical typescript; letters and other personal papers.

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GOR003045097
Louis Armstrong: An Extraordinary Life by Laurence Bergreen
Laurence Bergreen
Used - Very Good
Hardback
HarperCollins Publishers
1997-07-24
450
000255772X
9780002557726
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