Louis: The Louis Armstrong Story - Max Jones; John Chilton;Little, Brown & Co., 1971, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper has a short, tidy, closed tear at the tail of the spine. Very light spotting to start and finish otherwise a very well presented copy.
First U.S. Edition. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “For nearly half a century Louis Armstrong’s name spelled magic to millions of people throughout the world. A titan who towered over the first fifty years of jazz history. Louis — or Satchmo in the affections of his vast international audiences — was not only the single most popular figure in American music; he was also the most influential of all jazzmen. Yet so powerful were his talents and his personality that he transcended jazz to influence the entire field of Western popular music; his expressive features, his short dynamic figure, his glittering trumpet tone, above all, perhaps, his abrasive voice, were familiar to film-goers, television-watchers and concert patrons from Toulouse to Tokyo.
Millions of words have been written or spoken about him — in books, magazines and newspapers, on radio, film and television. In spite of them all, strangely little is still really known about him. What was the truth about his background and early life? How did the ‘Ambassador of Jazz’ regard his role in music and society? What was he like off-stage — the private man away from his trumpet and the constant spotlights?
Louis answers these questions. Answers them more fully and frankly than any other book has ever done or will be able to do. Because for Louis himself it was the authorised biography, written with his complete co-operation and trust by a man who had been his close friend for thirty years. ‘Yeah, I’m gonna tell it all to Max Jones’, as he said on the David Frost show, ‘for the first time — the way it really was’.
The story of the way it really was began in the toughest of New Orleans’s black ghettoes. Born even poorer, growing up even more deprived than most of his black American contemporaries in the South, Louis Armstrong went further and lasted longer than any of them. In a career which spanned more than five decades of professional playing — first in his home town, then following the path taken by jazz as it moved to new capitals in Chicago, New York, the West Coast and finally to Europe — Louis played a decisive role in bringing American jazz to maturity and spreading it round the globe.”