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Satchmo: The Wonderful World and Art of Louis Armstrong

by Steven Brower

Other authors: Hilton Als (Foreword)

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This book has changed my world. The writing is choppy but delivers the facts. The thing that makes this book special is having access to the collages and scrapbook pages Louis Armstrong created himself! Who would have guessed that besides being a genius musician he was also a crafter?!

I wish I could have known that amazing man. ( )
  PaperbackPirate | Feb 16, 2013 |
Reviewed by Mr. Overeem (Language Arts)
The text of this intriguing coffee table book is no revelation; it competently summarizes the details of Armstrong's life. However, the main exhibit--reproductions of the 600+ collages Armstrong created with news clipping and Scotch tape and dabs and smears of color to decorate the boxes of his reel-to-reel tapes--is a window into the mind of a very canny social observer. Certainly, the collages alone overturn the notion the Armstrong was a "natural" (thus, unconscious) genius; his mind was exceptionally engaged with (and amused by) the world around him. A weird and wonderful book. ( )
  HHS-Staff | Jan 22, 2010 |
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You know how it is, you want to look and you don't want to look--especially when it comes to transmogrification of blackness into showbiz.
Well, you know, my hobbie (one of them anyway) is using a lot of scotch tape...My hobbie is to pick out the different things during what I read and piece them together and [make] a little story of my own.
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"In a typical year, Louis Armstrong spent more than three hundred days on the road, bringing his music to audiences around the world. He always traveled with a steamer trunk designed to house two reel-to-reel tape decks and a turntable, and he carried a stash of music for his own listening pleasure, to while away the hours he spent in hotels and dressing rooms before and after each gig. Often he would just turn on the recorder to capture everyday conversations, whether he was hanging out at home in his living room with his wife, Lucille, telling jokes backstage with band members, being interviewed by reporters, or entertaining fans.
When not pressing the valves on his trumpet or the record button on his tape recorder, Armstrong's fingers found other arts with which to occupy themselves. One of them was collage, which became a visual outlet for his improvisational genius." --The Paris Review
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"Tells the story of Armstrong's life through his writings, scrapbooks, and artworks, many of which have never been published before. Armstrong was the single greatest creative artist in the history of jazz and the American popular song." - - Provided by publisher.… (more)

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