"I cannot live without books." -- Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, February 26, 2009

SATCHMO: The Wonderful World and Art of Louis Armstrong

One of the remarkable books that came out this season (books are like the fashion business) is "Sathmo: The Wonderful World and Art of Louis Armstorng."

While touring the world, Armstrong would carry a specially designed steamer trunk designed to house two reel-to-reel tape decks. For his endless boxes of tape he would make covers for them. With scotch tape, he would put images or photos or even telegrams/letters on these boxes as sort of do-it-yourself-art. They serve as a mixture of a visual diary as well as a very personal and moving artwork by this musical genius. Almost avant-garde "outside" art, Louis Armstrong had a strong sense of design and a good eye. Remarkable book and totally fascinating look into the VERY inside world of "Satchmo."


Caroline said...

Such great pictures with this post. Amazing!

Rollergirl said...

Can't wait to get this!