Synopses & Reviews
Timed to the twentieth anniversary of Miles Davis’s death, this is the classic, unfiltered, bestselling autobiography of an American legend.
Even twenty years after he died, Miles Davis remains a giant of American music, and one of the most famous and talented jazz musicians who ever lived. Miles is his story, honest, unfiltered, and sometimes controversial.
Miles, like the artist himself, holds nothing back. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he talks about the women in his life. But above all, Miles opines on music and musicians, including the legends he played with over the years: Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Trane, Mingus, and many others.
Called “scorching” by Vanity Fair and “riveting,” by Rolling Stone, this is no ordinary memoir.
Ishmael Reed Superior jazz writing that ranks with that of the best practitioners of the art Vanity Fair Scorching San Francisco Chronicle This is not just any book. As with everything else he has done, Davis's work as writer is likely to raise controversy. The book could well be subtitled "Miles Tells All" for this volume is crammed with juicy gossip about most of the key figures in modern jazz. Clive Davis President, Arista Records [Miles] was and is the master, and his book is must reading for any student or fan of music. The Atlantic With Miles, Davis proves to be his own most perceptive critic.
Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life.
Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he 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 gave us some of the most exciting music of the twentieth century here gives us a compelling and fascinating autobiography, featuring a concise discography and thirty-two pages of photographs.
About the Author
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.