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ISBN13: 9780671725822
ISBN10: 0671725823
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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.

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Miles Davis--a performer famous fornottalking--tells all: from his brilliant musical debut with Charles Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, to his creative encounters with such greats as John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock; from his recording of such classics as Porgy and Bess, to his pioneer work in the jazz fusion movement. Serials in Vanity Fair and Spin Magazine.

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Miles Davis is forever the innovator, not only as a musician, but in other realms. His artistic impressions in oil paintings and sketches have drawn critical acclaim and have been shown in galleries around the world. "Sir" Miles Davis was inducted into the Knights of Malta in November 1988. In November 1984, he received the Sonning Music Award for lifetime achievement in music, and in March 1990, his twenty-fourth Grammy Award, this time for lifetime achievement in music.

Quincy Troupe is a poet, journalist, and teacher. He won the 1980 American Book Award for poetry. He has published essays and articles in Essence, the Village Voice, Newsday, Spin, Musician, and many other publications. He was the editor of James Baldwin: The Legacy, and is a professor at the College of Staten Island (City University of New York) and at Columbia University.

The authors received a 1990 American Book Award for Miles.

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prufrock31, August 10, 2012 (view all comments by prufrock31)
Told in Miles Davis' own voice - alternately angry, ecstatic, or philosophical - this book was full of surprises for me. I hadn't realized to what extent so many of the jazz greats were (and are) interconnected, as bandmates, rivals, and friends, and I was even more surprised to learn how educated Miles was about things like art and classical music; he was fascinated by the work of Stravinsky and Stockhausen, and knew Sartre personally. All in all, this book is both gripping and highly informative, a great introduction to jazz history.
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jacqueiseals, December 17, 2008 (view all comments by jacqueiseals)
This book took me indepth in his private life so much until I felt I was there with him especially in the private sector when he was from place to place gigging. I personally know what that is like from when I used to "hang" in NYC in Harlem with a very dear friend of mine who is now deceased, Jack McDuff.
The book was so embracing that I literally had to put the book down as I was moving too fast in the fast paced life that he led. I loved it but it got to me and I may pick it back up and finish it now but it reminded me of back in the day when I was "hanging out". Also, I've never been into any book and it have that effect on me as this one did.
This book is awesome so do read it and experience it for yourself.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780671725822
With:
Troupe, Quincy
Author:
Troupe, Quincy
Author:
Davis, Miles
Author:
Davies, Miles
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Jazz
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Jazz
Subject:
Davis, miles, 1926-1991
Subject:
Jazz musicians
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Jazz musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Jazz
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Davis, Miles
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
January 1990
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 17.885 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Miles Davis--a performer famous fornottalking--tells all: from his brilliant musical debut with Charles Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, to his creative encounters with such greats as John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock; from his recording of such classics as Porgy and Bess, to his pioneer work in the jazz fusion movement. Serials in Vanity Fair and Spin Magazine.
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