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The author of the book: Gary Giddins
ISBN: 0306808137
ISBN 13: 9780306808135
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 18.21 MB
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Reader ratings: 7.4
Edition: Da Capo Press
Date of issue: March 21st 1998

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First, let me confess my bias: I will argue anytime, anywhere, with anyone that Louis Armstrong is the single greatest artist the United States has produced, in any medium -- so a book subtitled “The Genius of Louis Armstrong” had me at the cover. That being said, I think I’m being not-too-terribly subjective when I say that this slim volume does an excellent job of surveying Armstrong’s life and work and placing them in their social, cultural, and political contexts. Gary Giddens -- my favorite jazz critic and historian (more bias there) -- does more than just offer a survey, however; he also makes a forceful argument against those critics (once the majority) who dismiss the importance of Armstrong’s music after the early- to mid-1930s, and who dismiss Armstrong himself as an innovator who later succumbed to being a mere entertainer and Uncle Tom. Instead, Giddens convincingly demonstrates that Armstrong’s later work continued to be creative and innovative, while Armstrong himself was a strong (if largely behind-the-scenes) supporter of the civil rights movement; beyond that, he usefully questions the politics of denigrating the category of “entertainment” when writing about a popular musical form.

All in all, this is a good read, a great appreciation of Armstrong, and a nice introduction to the history of jazz. I only wish it were longer. Other readers may wish it came packaged with a cd; being able to listen to the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens recordings Giddens discusses at length enhanced the reading experience tremendously (and if you’re now thinking “gee, I’ve been meaning to get some Hot Fives and Hot Sevens recordings,” I highly recommend the box set put out by JSP Records).

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