ISBN-10:
039333001X
ISBN-13:
9780393330014
Pub. Date:
04/09/2007
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Louis Armstrong's New Orleans

Louis Armstrong's New Orleans

by Thomas BrothersThomas Brothers
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Overview

"The best book ever produced about Louis Armstrong by anyone other than the man himself."—Terry Teachout, Commentary


In the early twentieth century, New Orleans was a place of colliding identities and histories, and Louis Armstrong was a gifted young man of psychological nimbleness. A dark-skinned, impoverished child, he grew up under low expectations, Jim Crow legislation, and vigilante terrorism. Yet he also grew up at the center of African American vernacular traditions from the Deep South, learning the ecstatic music of the Sanctified Church, blues played by street musicians, and the plantation tradition of ragging a tune.

Louis Armstrong's New Orleans interweaves a searching account of early twentieth-century New Orleans with a narrative of the first twenty-one years of Armstrong's life. Drawing on a stunning body of first-person accounts, this book tells the rags-to-riches tale of Armstrong's early life and the social and musical forces that shaped him. The city and the musician are both extraordinary, their relationship unique, and their impact on American culture incalculable.

Editorial Reviews

Jason Berry - New York Times Book Review

Superb history and a rocking good read.

Roger Lewis - Daily Mail

[Brothers’s] provocative case is wholly convincing.

Tom Wilmeth - Express Milwaukee

Examine[s] the music with the care it deserves.

Ray Olson - Booklist

Starred Review. Place this book at the core of jazz and American culture collections, and don't expect it to be displaced—ever.

New York Times Book Review

Superb history and a rocking good read.”— Jason Berry

Booklist

Starred Review. Place this book at the core of jazz and American culture collections, and don't expect it to be displaced—ever.”— Ray Olson

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393330014
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/09/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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