Hands down, Louis Armstrong is widely known as the greatest jazz musician of the twentieth century and a giant of modern American culture. Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong profiles this phenomenally gifted and imaginative artist who, as an entertainer was so irresistibly magnetic that he knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts four decades after he cut his first record.
The onstage artistry hid a witty, introspective and an unexpectedly complex genius. Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout (see About the Author below) has drawn on hundreds of candid after-hours and backstage private recordings made by Armstrong himself.
Given that Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong has been crafted with a musician's ear and an historian's eyeTeachout has written what is sure to be considered the definitive word on Armstrong for our generation.
If you've ever thrilled to the sounds of "West End Blues," "Mack the Knife," "Hello, Dolly!" or "What a Wonderful World," this is the book for you and yours. Give Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong a read and find out all about the man from New Orleans who changed the face of American music.