- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Backbeat Books (November 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879308281
- ISBN-13: 978-0879308285
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,305,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Running the Voodoo Down: The Electric Music of Miles Davis Paperback – November 1, 2005
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The Tingen book and its "halonic" discourse and overuse of the word "ambient", trying to tie Miles down to Zen Buddhism etc. It was ridiculous in places. What is it with these guys who write about Miles?
Ian Carr more or less gets it right though he dwells on some things in Miles' later personal life that have absolutely nothing to do with his music or art. I couldn't care less who Miles was sleeping with in the late 80's.
Chamber's book is a great reference though there is an obvious lack of understanding with what Miles was doing from 1970 onward and that lack of understanding translates into unwarranted criticism.
Szwed's book is ok I guess though the guy makes to many excuses for Miles' shabby behavior.
I want a book about Miles Davis that covers the full career, gives ample information on the "stock company" years without indulging in non-objective criticism. I just want the musical facts, not someone's narrow minded opinion about what worked and what didn't. I tire of reading things like the Great Expectations session was a failure. What? That's the music that made me an ardent listener. Where can I get a truly objective book on Sir Miles?
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Miles Davis' electric period was not loved by the majority. But if you share a passion for what Miles came out with at that time, then there are two things you need to do. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by Jeffrey the Barak
I'm a gigantic fan of Miles, especially his acoustic jazz works -- but I'm increasingly fascinated by his electric period. Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by Michael Newman
Referring to forgettable early-80's guitarist Mike Stern as "white boy" is bad enough, but when the author lapses into Milesisms and diverges into humdrum explorations of Sly Stone... Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by Henry With an I
This is an excellent work. The author deals with Miles' contentious electric period with intelligence and respect. Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by David P. Weber
"Running the Voodoo Down: The Electric Music of Miles Davis" is both concise and well-written. It is largely written in chronological order. Read morePublished on January 21, 2009 by Earsby
I don't review a lot of items, but this book -- which I've now read a couple of times -- impresses me as one of the few books about music that I've ever enjoyed. Read morePublished on April 21, 2008 by A. Stephens