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Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism

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Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago’s music scene under the tutelage of Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate entertainer, Armstrong laid the foundation for the future of jazz with his stylistic innovations, but his story would be incomplete without examining how he struggled in a society seething with brutally racist ideologies, laws, and practices.

Thomas Brothers picks up where he left off with the acclaimed Louis Armstrong's New Orleans, following the story of the great jazz musician into his most creatively fertile years in the 1920s and early 1930s, when Armstrong created not one but two modern musical styles. Brothers wields his own tremendous skill in making the connections between history and music accessible to everyone as Armstrong shucks and jives across the page. Through Brothers's expert ears and eyes we meet an Armstrong whose quickness and sureness, so evident in his performances, served him well in his encounters with racism while his music soared across the airwaves into homes all over America.

Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism blends cultural history, musical scholarship, and personal accounts from Armstrong's contemporaries to reveal his enduring contributions to jazz and popular music at a time when he and his bandmates couldn’t count on food or even a friendly face on their travels across the country. Thomas Brothers combines an intimate knowledge of Armstrong's life with the boldness to examine his place in such a racially charged landscape. In vivid prose and with vibrant photographs, Brothers illuminates the life and work of the man many consider to be the greatest American musician of the twentieth century.

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The definitive account of Louis Armstrong--his life and legacy--during the most creative period of his career.

Synopsis:

This book is at once a biography of Louis Armstrong’s prolific years in the 1920s and early 1930s and an examination of the cultural forces that shaped his life and, ultimately, jazz itself. Thomas Brothers picks up where he left off with Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans, blending numerous personal accounts to tell the story of how Armstrong navigated the legacies of racial inequality to forge two new musical styles—one vocal and one instrumental—that permanently altered the course of popular music in the United States. No other author combines intimate knowledge of Armstrong’s life with the boldness to examine his subject’s place in a racially
charged America. Combining biography, cultural history, and musical scholarship, Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism illuminates the life and work of the man many consider to be the greatest American artist of the twentieth century.

Synopsis:

Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago's music scene under the tutelage of Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate entertainer, Armstrong laid the foundation for the future of jazz with his stylistic innovations, but his story would be incomplete without examining how he struggled in a society seething with brutally racist ideologies, laws, and practices.

About the Author

Thomas Brothers is the author of Louis Armstrong's New Orleans and Louis Armstrong: In His Own Words. A professor of music at Duke University, he lives with his family in Durham, North Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393065824
Author:
Brothers, Thomas
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Music-Individual Composer and Musician
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
65 illustrations
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
23.5 x 15.56 mm

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"Synopsis" by , The definitive account of Louis Armstrong--his life and legacy--during the most creative period of his career.
"Synopsis" by , This book is at once a biography of Louis Armstrong’s prolific years in the 1920s and early 1930s and an examination of the cultural forces that shaped his life and, ultimately, jazz itself. Thomas Brothers picks up where he left off with Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans, blending numerous personal accounts to tell the story of how Armstrong navigated the legacies of racial inequality to forge two new musical styles—one vocal and one instrumental—that permanently altered the course of popular music in the United States. No other author combines intimate knowledge of Armstrong’s life with the boldness to examine his subject’s place in a racially
charged America. Combining biography, cultural history, and musical scholarship, Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism illuminates the life and work of the man many consider to be the greatest American artist of the twentieth century.
"Synopsis" by , Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago's music scene under the tutelage of Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate entertainer, Armstrong laid the foundation for the future of jazz with his stylistic innovations, but his story would be incomplete without examining how he struggled in a society seething with brutally racist ideologies, laws, and practices.
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