Daniel Stein

Daniel Stein Explores Jazz as Cold War Diplomacy

by Phillip Witteveen July 11, 2014

“I will examine Louis Armstrong and the All Stars’ concert tour through East Germany in March of 1965,” begins Daniel Stein, in a sentence that puts landing gear down on “largely unexplored territory,” intellectually speaking. That territory is the Honalee of convening spaces where Cold War era jazz, the Civil Rights Movement, and diplomacy intercede in Stein’s interdisciplinary scholarship. Stein—whose scholarly attention to Louis Armstrong and Armstrong’s autobiographical writing has, by now, coalesced into a book (Music is My Life)—recently published an article in Americana, teasing out further implications from the lesser known fringes of his research interest. A marginal inclusion in either […]

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Guest blog: Daniel Stein on Louis Armstrong earning a place on Time Magazine’s list of the 20 most influential Americans

by Emily July 30, 2012

Daniel Stein, author of Music Is My Life: Louis Armstrong, Autobiography, and American Jazz, guest blogs about Time Magazine’s selection of Louis Armstrong as one of the twenty most influential Americans of all time and about an upcoming talk on Armstrong’s 1965 tour to East Germany. A few days ago (July 24), Time Magazine announced its selection of the twenty most influential Americans of all time. Among Time’s “trailblazers, visionaries and cultural ambassadors who defined a nation” are U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, inventors and scientists like Alexander G. Bell, Thomas Edison, the […]

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Guest blog: Press author Daniel Stein on Armstrong, autobiographics, and a Disney alligator

by Emily May 22, 2012

Daniel Stein, author of Music Is My Life: Louis Armstrong, Autobiography, and American Jazz, guest blogs about a little known aspect of Louis Armstrong’s long career: his autobiographical writings and their lasting impact on American culture. The millions of people who went to the movie theaters to watch Disney’s animated film The Princess and the Frog (dir. Ron Clemens and John Musker, 2009) encountered a singing and trumpeting alligator named Louis. Set in a mythologized New Orleans of the 1920s, the movie cooks up a gumbo of popular ingredients ranging from the city’s famous street parades and Mississippi entertainment ships […]

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New book and newly discovered recording offer fresh insights into Louis Armstrong

by Emily May 11, 2012

This month, the University of Michigan Press is releasing Music Is My Life: Louis Armstrong, Autobiography, and American Jazz, by Daniel Stein. The first comprehensive analysis of Louis Armstrong’s autobiographical writings and their relation to his performances, the book offers Armstrong fans and music scholars a new look at the legend and his craft. Music Is My Life arrives on the heels of an exciting Armstrong-rleated revelation: Recently, CBS News reported that a recording of Armstrong’s last public trumpet performance had been discovered. Wynton Marsalis described his reaction to the performance, which was recorded by CBS in 1971 at the National Press Club in […]

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