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author interview

Louis Armstrong: an excerpt

It Takes Time

Honey, Don't You Love Me Anymore?


Louis Armstrong was the founding father of jazz and one of this century's towering cultural figures. His musical innovation and exuberance made him a household name, yet the full story of his extravagant life has never been told. Now, drawing on a vast, previously unexplored archive of Armstrong's writings and recordings, acclaimed biographer Laurence Bergreen presents an intimate, provocative, and definitive portrait of the legendary musician. Bergreen's enthusiasm for Satchmo--as Armstrong became universally known--enlivens every page of this compulsively readable book, and reveals as never before the charismatic figure who forever changed the face of music.

In this issue of Bold Type, you'll find an interview with the author, and an excerpt from Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life. You can also listen to two Armstrong songs, "It Takes Time" and "Honey, Don't You Love Me Anymore?" in RealAudio while you read about him.

Photo of Laurence Bergreen © Jerry Bauer.

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