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Larry Kart

Fascinating new info about Louis Armstrong's childhood

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Fascinating indeed! The photos of the original 1910 documents and newspaper clippings make me wonder what else there is to be discovered.

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I quite seriously assumed this thread was about Lance Armstrong. I had to do a double take when I read the link.

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I quite seriously assumed this thread was about Lance Armstrong. I had to do a double take when I read the link.

I just changed the topic title. :)

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The fact that "Armstrong" makes people think of Lance rather than Louis probably says something (nothing positive) about the times we live in.

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I wouldn't say that, Paul. Lance Armstrong was such a recent and relevant actor in our culture that it seems like a perfectly reasonable and honest mistake.

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The fact that "Armstrong" makes people think of Lance rather than Louis probably says something (nothing positive) about the times we live in.

And if I don't get it what about all the people who *don't* post forty times a week on a jazz bulletin board... :)

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And in fairness to me, Larry has posted about Lance before....

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Interesting article. Louis owes his career in many ways to the Jones family establishing that home and his 1913 arrest!

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Interesting article. Louis owes his career in many ways to the Jones family establishing that home and his 1913 arrest!

I see from one of the reproduced newspaper items that Louis was leading a band that included Louis Smith, Richard Williams and James Brown - trumpet-heavy maybe, but there's a line up for you. Richard Cook as 'flag boy' too, before he turned to writing.

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Pops was a banger-in-waiting. Good thing he lived when he did, in a lot of ways.

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It's always amazing when archives like these pop up, especially about the African-American experience in America. So much of that was lost. Gives me hope that there's more out there somewhere!

gregmo

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Very interesting. Thanks, Larry.

I guess that if you already look like a "dangerious and suspicious character" at the age of 9, you should stay off the streets of New Orleans. :)

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Very interesting. Thanks, Larry.

I guess that if you already look like a "dangerious and suspicious character" at the age of 9, you should stay off the streets of New Orleans. :)

You can wish you had a choice. . . but Louis probably didn't.

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Thanks for posting Larry. What wasn't clear to me (unless I missed it) is who now holds these newly discovered records. They should be put into a safe place to safeguard them against further deterioration.

Edited by Brad

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As for why the original title was mistaken for LANCE A. - easy to explain in my opinion. A topic (ANY topic) about THIS jazz person would have been much more appropriate inside the jazz forum (Artists? Misc. Music? Jazz in Writing?) and not in a multi-topic "non-political" forum outside the actual jazz forum. After all, the minutest trivia of the lives of other jazz personalities are evoked and discussed inside the forum too. ;)

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Now we might get a complaint that bikers are artists.

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deviant.

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I think it likely that Louis would have been a great musician and probably a trumpet player without his experience at the 'Home'.

Why am I alone in this view?

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