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Musical genius, visionary artist, enigma — more than ten years after his death, Miles Davis still looms large as a cultural icon. In this, the first new biography since Davis' death, John Szwed draws on various archives and never-before-published interviews with those who knew him to produce the richest and most revealing portrait of Miles Davis to date.

The shy son of a dentist from Illinois, Miles Dewey Davis III would go through several transformations before becoming the image of cool. Change, says Szwed, was the driving force in both Davis' life and music — as quickly as he established a new direction in his music and a new identity, he would radically reinvent both. He seemed to thrive on close musical relationships — playing with jazz greats from Charlie Parker to John Coltrane and working with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, and composer Gil Evans, among others — and yet the enduring image of Davis is of a lone figure, famously turning his back on the audience. He was at the peak of his career, having achieved star status, when he withdrew from the spotlight, spending years as a recluse. These seeming contradictions fueled the myths surrounding the man, but Szwed's insights into Davis' personality and artistic creativity shed new light on his life, from his turbulent relationships to his drug use and mysterious last days. Elegantly written and carefully researched, So What is the authoritative life of an artist who was always ahead of his time.

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"Fascinating....Szwed offers a thoughtful retelling of Davis' life." Entertainment Weekly

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"No writer has portrayed the complexity of Davis the man and the connection between that complexity and the music he played as well as Szwed does." Eric Nisenson, Down Beat

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Musical genius, visionary artist, enigma — more than ten years after his death, Miles Davis still looms large as a cultural icon. In this, the first new biography since Davis' death, John Szwed draws on various archives and never-before-published interviews with those who knew him to produce the richest and most revealing portrait of Miles Davis to date.

The shy son of a dentist from Illinois, Miles Dewey Davis III would go through several transformations before becoming the image of cool. Change, says Szwed, was the driving force in both Davis' life and music — as quickly as he established a new direction in his music and a new identity, he would radically reinvent both. He seemed to thrive on close musical relationships — playing with jazz greats from Charlie Parker to John Coltrane and working with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, and composer Gil Evans, among others — and yet the enduring image of Davis is of a lone figure, famously turning his back on the audience. He was at the peak of his career, having achieved star status, when he withdrew from the spotlight, spending years as a recluse. These seeming contradictions fueled the myths surrounding the man, but Szwed's insights into Davis' personality and artistic creativity shed new light on his life, from his turbulent relationships to his drug use and mysterious last days. Elegantly written and carefully researched, So What is the authoritative life of an artist who was always ahead of his time.

About the Author

John Szwed is the John M. Musser Professor of Anthropology, African American Studies, Music, and American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of a number of books, including an introductory book about jazz, Jazz 101, and a biography, Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra.

Table of Contents

Contents

Vamp

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Interlude

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Coda

Notes

Acknowledgments

Selected Miles Davis Discography

Index

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Blaze Trafalgar Trumpet, May 23, 2012 (view all comments by Blaze Trafalgar Trumpet)
Miles went through experiences common to many of the jazz musicians of the time mentioned in this preview, the late 40's and early 50's, and continued to have problems with drugs through his life. But he nonetheless managed to accomplish unparalled creative endeavours and for the most part, surmounted his problems, only periodically succumbing to the habit and suffering from its consequences. He managed to leave heroin behind as a regular thing eventually, and suffered from cocaine addiction at various points in his life. His life story is an unparalled example of the artistic process in action, and the cost that such relentless pushing forward of the artistic boundaries demands on the self. But Miles had tremendous strength of character, and always kept his playing, of an instrument that is notoriously demanding, to the fore. There is much we can learn from the Miles Davis story, and it is always rewarding to have the opportunity to review the details in another well-researched perpective.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684859835
Author:
Szwed, John
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 b-w (16 pp.) insert
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 23.485 oz

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"Review" by , "Fascinating....Szwed offers a thoughtful retelling of Davis' life."
"Review" by , "No writer has portrayed the complexity of Davis the man and the connection between that complexity and the music he played as well as Szwed does."
"Synopsis" by , Musical genius, visionary artist, enigma — more than ten years after his death, Miles Davis still looms large as a cultural icon. In this, the first new biography since Davis' death, John Szwed draws on various archives and never-before-published interviews with those who knew him to produce the richest and most revealing portrait of Miles Davis to date.

The shy son of a dentist from Illinois, Miles Dewey Davis III would go through several transformations before becoming the image of cool. Change, says Szwed, was the driving force in both Davis' life and music — as quickly as he established a new direction in his music and a new identity, he would radically reinvent both. He seemed to thrive on close musical relationships — playing with jazz greats from Charlie Parker to John Coltrane and working with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, and composer Gil Evans, among others — and yet the enduring image of Davis is of a lone figure, famously turning his back on the audience. He was at the peak of his career, having achieved star status, when he withdrew from the spotlight, spending years as a recluse. These seeming contradictions fueled the myths surrounding the man, but Szwed's insights into Davis' personality and artistic creativity shed new light on his life, from his turbulent relationships to his drug use and mysterious last days. Elegantly written and carefully researched, So What is the authoritative life of an artist who was always ahead of his time.

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