By Lester Bangs
I wished to be a "Bangs completist," no matter what that's, so I acquired this off of eBay many years in the past. It's truly seems like possessing extra of a old basic resource than the rest (Bangs wrote it in days, fueled by means of cough syrup), yet it's nonetheless attention-grabbing, if now not skinny and a little bit incoherent at times.
One-third fan bio, one-third scabrous/loving critique, one-third eulogy for ardour within the Western international. now not Lester's best--but that's now not announcing something bad! retain your eyes peeled at flea markets....
96 pages with a variety of images in black & white and color
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Women danced on the bars with green money in their stockings, and sometimes they danced naked. They used to lie down on the floor and shake their bellies while the men fed them candies. You didn't need no system to work [in black Storyville], It wasn't like [white Storyville] where they made more money but paid more graft. You had to put the ritz on [in white Storyville] which some of the girls didn't like that. 12 Louis Armstrong seems never to have been ashamed of his old neighborhood. He had genuinely good memories of at least some aspects of it: the music, the sense of community, the feeling that he had a place where he belonged.
For example, Bix Beiderbecke was interested only in the middle register of his horn and never developed a high register of any strength. If he had been formally taught, he would have developed the upper register perforce; possessing it, he might have used it, and the nature of his playing would have been different. Conversely, Roy Eldridge, early in his training, decided he wanted to be the fastest trumpet player in jazz. He worked on this aspect of his playing, giving less attention to making coherent statements, and, even though he later came to realize that he "wasn't telling no kind of a story,"8 his style throughout his life was characterized by a faster, somewhat helter-skelter hard-bitten approach to melody.
I was all swollen up inside when he told me that. We were to leave the next day for Kansas City. I figured Christmas is over; today's the z6th now; I'll leave the tree. " And he had me take the tree on those one-nighters. Before I even unpacked a bag I had to set that tree up, his Christmas tree. And I've had one for him every year. Louis hasn't been home too often for Christmas, but whenever he has been home, he's had a tree the length of the room. I kept that first little tree until 'way after New Year's, putting it up every night and taking it down every morning, in a dozen hotels.