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Louis Armstrong's New Orleans

Thomas Brothers (Author)

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"The best book ever produced about Louis Armstrong by anyone other than the man himself."—Terry Teachout, Commentary

In the early twentieth century, New Orleans was a place of colliding identities and histories, and Louis Armstrong was a gifted young man of psychological nimbleness. A dark-skinned, impoverished child, he grew up under low expectations, Jim Crow legislation, and vigilante terrorism. Yet he also grew up at the center of African American vernacular traditions from the Deep South, learning the ecstatic music of the Sanctified Church, blues played by street musicians, and the plantation tradition of ragging a tune.

Louis Armstrong's New Orleans interweaves a searching account of early twentieth-century New Orleans with a narrative of the first twenty-one years of Armstrong's life. Drawing on a stunning body of first-person accounts, this book tells the rags-to-riches tale of Armstrong's early life and the social and musical forces that shaped him. The city and the musician are both extraordinary, their relationship unique, and their impact on American culture incalculable.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • April 2007
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33001-4
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 400 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“” — Ray Olson, Booklist

“This book is excellent; well written, clear, precise, and thorough…I highly recommend the book and have already touted it to some of my colleagues. I will personally be studying the book many more hours to learn and get comfortable with the several great techniques and applications that are included in it...could be used as a primary teaching or learning text.” — Publishers Weekly

“[A] great guide for anyone wishing to undertake solution-focused work.... [C]ase examples throughout the book illustrate the techniques and help to put the skills into clinically relevant context.... [I]t has equipped me with new possibilities to use in sessions and given me something to look at differently and from a different angle.” — Jason Berry, New York Times Book Review

“M]uch more than the title implies. It is a clearly outlined way of conducting solution-focused sessions from the interview at the beginning to the projected end.” — Roger Lewis, Daily Mail

“This generous and appealing book offers a wide selection of well-constructed solution-focused questions, engaging training exercises, and creative therapeutic strategies that therapists at all levels of experience and expertise are sure to find useful.” — Tom Wilmeth, Express Milwaukee

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