Miles, the Autobiography

Miles, the Autobiography

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Simon and Schuster
For more than forty years Miles Davis has been in the front rank of American music. Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles is one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. The subject of several biographies, now Miles speaks out himself about his extraordinary life.

Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he has encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life. But above all, Miles talks about music and musicians, including the legends he has played with over the years: Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Trane, Mingus, and many others.

The man who has given us some of the most exciting music of the past few decades has now given us a compelling and fascinating autobiography, featuring a concise discography and thirty-two pages of photographs.

Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, 1990, c1989
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed
ISBN: 9780671725822
Characteristics: 441 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Troupe, Quincy


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Feb 16, 2017

Even those who know nothing about jazz, know Miles Davis. He is arguably the most influential and recognizable jazz musician of the 20th century and, by extension, all time. For the casual jazz fan, such as myself, a common first purchase is his classic "Kind of Blue" album. Recently he was the subject of the biopic "Miles Ahead," in which he was portrayed by Don Cheadle, who also directed. His 1989 autobiography, written with Quincy Troupe, will appeal to the jazz and non-jazz fan alike. Well, as long as you're comfortable with the word "mother****er," which he uses approximately 500 times. Though this was written towards the end of his life (he died in 1991), he showed no signs of mellowing, plunging into his incredible, intense life, which was marked by music, but also racism, drugs, and sex. He met seemingly every important jazz figure of the 20th century and has strong opinions about every one of them. He has high praise for Charlie Parker, whom he started out with, but castigates his drug use and destructive tendencies. He's generous towards most of his sidemen, but has little love for contemporary musicians, singling out traditionalist Wynton Marsalis for scorn. Somewhat unsurprisingly, he finds a kindred spirit in Prince, another genre-bending, shape-shifting, incredibly prolific and talented musician. This feels like Miles uncut and while he has a distinctive, pungent voice, it could have benefited from a little more editing and shape. Still, every music fan should pick this one up, especially if your image of jazz is shaped by "La La Land."

just starting it an it seems it gets better by each page. me bieng a reader you have to take the journey your self


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