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by Michael Cogswell

Discover jazz great Louis Armstrong all over again. Come inside and make yourself at home?the Armstrong home. Louis Armstrong: The Offstage Story of Satchmo offers an intimate, backstage look at the legendary trumpeter through never-before-published photos, writings, and recordings.

Drawing from the Queens College Louis Armstrong House and Archives collection, author Michael Cogswell tells the Armstrong story that hasn't been told. The private, funny and, touching characteristics of Armstrong's life reveal themselves through his personal collection of photographs, tape recordings, collages, and scrapbooks.

Louis Armstrong is the official book of the Armstrong House National Historic Museum in Queens, New York. Opening in October 2003, the house where Armstrong and his wife Lucille lived for 40 years will house the entire Queens College Armstrong collection. Highlights:

  • Foreword by Dan Morgenstern
  • 300 never before published photographs
  • Official book of the Armstrong House National Historic Museum opening October 15, 2003

Michael Cogswell was hired by Queens College in 1991 to arrange, preserve, and catalog the collections of the Louis Armstrong Archives. In 1995 the college asked him to lead the project to open the Louis Armstrong House as a museum. Mr. Cogswell has made presentations about Louis Armstrong in Washington D.C., New Orleans, San Francisco, and Europe, and he has appeared on NPR's "Fresh Air," ABC-TV's Nightline and CBS Sunday Morning.

2003 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award
Gold Winner (Performing Arts)

2003 Independent Publishers Association Independent
Book Award Finalist (Performing Arts)

Hardcover w/jacket
192 Full Color Pages
9" x 10.5"
ISBN: 1-888054-81-6