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."