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The definitive account of Louis Armstrong—his life and legacy—during the most creative period of his career.
“Thomas Brothers has now produced a second wonderful book in his multi-volume study of Armstrong's life and music.” — Literary Review
“Evokes the quick-fingered, megawatt-smiled music legend's formative years, when he moved from New Orleans to Chicago and on to New York in pursuit of musical fame—and a style all his own.” — Vogue
“It makes for a rounded, rigorous, vivid portrait of a man who, Brothers argues, became the ultimate representative of African-American musical history.” — Financial Times
“...scholarly and well-written book...” — Daily Mail
“...scholarly but accessible biography...” — Independent on Sunday
Shortlisted — Pulitzer Prize, 2015