Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong
by Terry Teachout
Format: Hardcover, 475 pp.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Called "the ultimate biography of Louis Armstrong" by Armstrong's friend and record producer Geroge Avakian, Pops
presents Armstrong’s astonishing life and career—from his inauspicious birth into stark poverty to his death as world-wide cultural icon beloved by all—with insight, clarity, and style. It has something for everyone: Armstrong aficionados will learn much new information and those less familiar with Armstrong will race to download his recordings to their iPods. An uplifting story, masterfully told, Pops
is essential reading for anyone curious about music, American culture, and one man’s ability to inspire the world.
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