Praise for "Pops; A Life of Louis Armstrong: "
"Teachout restores this jazzman to his deserved place in the pantheon of American artists."
-"The ""New York Times "
"Thirty-eight years after Louis Armstrong's death, Terry Teachout has made the possible, possible: He has written a definitive narrative biography of the greatest jazz musician of the twentieth century."
-"San Francisco"" Chronicle"
-"Seattle"" Times "
"Teachout excels at conveying the interplay between Armstrong the artist and Armstrong the entertainer, and at examining the particular challenge of his legacy."
-"The New Yorker "
"[An] exceptional biography... Upon finishing this definitive biography, the reader is instructed to flip to the discography, download every last song, listen and grin the hell back."
Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2009
"Crafted with a musician's ear and an historian's eye, "Pops" is a vibrant biography of the iconic Louis Armstrong that resonates with the same warmth as ol' Satchmo's distinctive voice. "Wall Street Journal" critic Terry Teachout draws from a wealth of previously unavailable material - including over 650 reels of Armstrong's own personal tape recordings - to create an engaging profile that slips behind the jazz legend's megawatt smile. Teachout reveals that the beaming visage of "Reverend Satchelmouth" was not a mark of racial subservience, but a clear symbol of Louis's refusal to let anything cloud the joy he derived from blowing his horn. "Faced with the terrible realities of the time and place into which he had been born," explains Teachout, "he didn't repine, but returned love for hatred and sought salvation in work." Armstrong was hardly impervious to the injustices of his era, but in his mind, nothing was more sacred than the music.
"Teachout turns to another mighty pillar of 20th-century American culture, Louis Armstrong, atshow more