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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451643187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451643183
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 2.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CyberTiger on May 7, 2012
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Kudos to the narrator, it was as if I was sitting down talking to Miles himself.

I must say that I was amazed at the anger and hatred that Mr. Davis carried with him throughout his life. Perhaps it was this angst was the vehicle that fueled his musical aspirations. I'll let the reader make more judgements on Miles in the realm of why Miles had so much hate flowing in him. On the other side of the coin, here was this musician who was driven by his love for music to strive to perfect his art and communicate his emotions through his trumpet and his musical guidance of other musicians.

Miles is blunt in his observations, be it working with Parker and Trane, to hob-knobbing with Cicily Tyson and the jet-setters that she associated with.

This autobiography inspired me to investigate Thelonius Monk, Charlie Mingus and Sonny Rollins to name a few. I've been a fan of Coltrane and Parker and knew of their lives prior to reading Miles' autobiography.

This is a must-read or a must-listen for anyone who is interested in learning about a person who has shaped music and the jazz genre.

I am not sure if Miles would have liked what I wrote hear, but if you could read this Miles... I salute you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kyle A. Hamilton on April 21, 2013
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This is not only a great autobiography from Miles Davis, it's a fantastic history of Jazz during his lifetime. Buy it! Read it! You'll love it!
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Miles tells it like it is, no holds barred. The book covers a significant stretch of the history of jazz and lends an interesting and highly entertaining perspective on the music, the people, and history. Of course, you have to read it all with a grain of salt as it is Miles and he pretty much just says whatever he wants regardless of authenticity, diplomacy, or what have you. Just like his music he says and does what he wants.
It's a great read and easily one of my favorite books of all time.
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Excellent book with a caveat that there are two books buried within one. The first is about Miles' music while the second is about Miles' personal life.
The book covering the music is insightful and rich with specific insights into his creative process and its evolution, the musicians who shaped him and his music, and the breadth of feeling and love he has for music (paraphrase: it's been in my blood as long as I can remember). This is the joyful book.
The other book about his life since childhood is less joyful and less enriching. Without falling into pop psycho analysis too much, this portion of the book reflects a very lonely man who has misogynist views, an angry man whose talent put on him at the top of the music world (truly a deserved legend) who carries levels of envy and at times racism, and a man who claims to have many friends but seems like his only true friend (not surprising) is his music. This is the addict story in all of its glory.
The book's style is very interesting. When Miles is talking about his personal life the language of the book is full of ghetto slang to the point it seems like he lacks the language to explain himself. When talking about his music, it is scholarly. The language is crisp, enthusiastic, and again very loving of the process, the sound, and the people.
I love and revere his music. I would have liked a very bad biography as long as it discussed the music. This is not a bad auto bio and at times is wonderful when tempo, drummers, and Trane/Dizzy/Bird and so many others get their due and his focus.
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By Marina on August 15, 2013
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Miles tells it thru Quincy. but baby, the language is pure Miles. A genius tells us what he thinks in a non-genius way.
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