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MILES: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY (PICADOR BOOKS) Paperback – 1990
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I have read many reviews about the book and most are correct. He is bold in this book, holds no punches, tells no colorful stories (I still can't get the taxi cab story with Bird out of my head), and he remains upfront and personal throughout the read. Some say he is simply racist, contradictory, and hateful toward his musical peers, but those people fail to understand the story of black folk. The whole of this nation and the western world is one big contradiction and I think, indirectly, Davis displays this fact through his references to events and stuff in his life. And as for disrespecting other legends, he doesn't do this in a way that demonizes them. He gives Bird the worst time (second to maybe Coltrane or Monk) but at the same time he explains how he worshiped the jazz god. For the most part, everything Davis explains is true about the story of our people and our music and lifestyle. If you don't like it, you may find that you are apart of the problem, black or white. This book isn't a literacy masterpiece but I truly believe Davis put his feelings into this good read and that makes it a must read for music lovers.
One final note about the read of the book: I like how Davis gives readers insight on how jazz slowly dies through progression of music and the emergence of Funk and "White Rock" and "Hillbilly music". He explains how the music (jazz) becomes white washed and another stolen item from the black experience. He also gives a great account of his own progression through the years of bebop, ballad, "cool", fusion, and free jazz forms. This book is cool, hip, and truthful.
On the shape of the book: Seller described it as in good shape but a bit worn and it was. There was now notes or marks inside and that made me very happy. Came before it was scheduled to, but who complains about stuff like that? Not me!
I had been waiting for the book. Finally, it arrived and I could not put it down. However, this book is not for the faint hearted!!! The book has language, very raw, and personal descriptions of some very famous people that is explicit. Miles Davis was not only an outstanding musician, but a vivid observer of lives and living as well. The book is filled with interesting, powerful and intimate story, and solid information about Jazz and music. Sometimes, most times, the sharing, the tales, are redundant, verbose, the same story retold in several chapters.( The book could have used some good editing.) but that dose not take away from the interesting and informative reading.
If you are a fan of the Jazz Genre, this book may be for you.
IIf you are a fan of brilliant yet a bit conflicted artists, this book may possibly be for you.
II love this book and it's a cornerstone in my Jazz library