Music Is My Life: Louis Armstrong, Autobiography, and American Jazz

Music Is My Life: Louis Armstrong, Autobiography, and American Jazz

by Daniel Stein

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Music Is My Life is the first comprehensive analysis of Louis Armstrong's autobiographical writings (including his books, essays, and letters) and their relation to his musical and visual performances. Combining approaches from autobiography theory, literary criticism, intermedia studies, cultural history, and musicology, Daniel Stein reconstructs Armstrong's performances of his life story across various media and for different audiences, complicating the monolithic and hagiographic views of the musician. The book will appeal to academic readers with an interest in African American studies, jazz studies, musicology, and popular culture, as well as general readers interested in Armstrong's life and music, jazz, and twentieth-century entertainment. While not a biography, it provides a key to understanding Armstrong's oeuvre as well as his complicated place in American history and twentieth-century media culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472028504
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 05/03/2012
Series: Jazz Perspectives
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 349
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Daniel Stein is Professor in North American Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Siegen, Germany.

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction - “Music is my life, and I live to play” : Louis Armstrong’s Jazz Autobiographics Chapter 1 - “I have always been a great observer” : New Orleans Musicking Chapter 2 - “I done forgot the words”: Versioning Autobiography Chapter 3 - “Diddat Come Outa Mee?” : Writing Scat and Typing Swing Chapter 4 - “A happy go lucky sort of type of fellow” : The Productive Ambiguities of Minstrel Sounding Chapter 5 - “He didn’t need black face—to be funny” : The Double Resonance of Postcolonial Performance Chapter 6 - “My mission is music” : Armstrong’s Cultural Politics Conclusion - “What do you know about that?” : Final Thoughts on “Laughin’ Louie” Notes Suggested Listening Suggested Further Reading Index

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