Book Club October 14, 2018

Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout

Le Petit Theatre is partnering with Octavia Books for our brand-new Book Club. Enjoy a 20% discount when you order the books from Octavia Books. This series is hosted by Christina Pellegrini and will include special guest from each production.

Louis Armstrong is widely known as the greatest jazz musician of the twentieth century. He was a phenomenally gifted and imaginative artist, and an entertainer so irresistibly magnetic that he knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts four decades after he cut his first record. Offstage he was witty, introspective, and unexpectedly complex, a beloved colleague with an explosive temper whose larger-than-life personality was tougher and more sharp-edged than his worshiping fans ever knew.

Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout has drawn on a cache of important new sources unavailable to previous biographers, including hundreds of candid after-hours recordings made by Armstrong himself, to craft a sweeping new narrative biography. Certain to be the definitive word on Armstrong for our generation, Pops paints a gripping portrait of the man, his world, and his music that will stand alongside Gary Giddins’s Bing Crosby and Peter Guralnick’s Last Train to Memphis as a classic biography of a major American musician.

About the Author

TERRY TEACHOUT is the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal and the chief culture critic of Commentary. He played jazz professionally before becoming a full-time writer. His books include Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, All in the Dances: A Brief Life of George BalanchineThe Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken, and A Terry Teachout Reader.


"Best of all, it smartly--and simply--finds unity in contradiction."

--Atlantic Monthly

On Twitter at @terryteachout


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