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Running the Voodoo Down: The Electric Music of Miles Davis Paperback – November 1, 2005
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This well-written book helps the fan and/or historian acquire a good understanding of this amazing period in music that pioneered so many sounds and "feels' that persist to this day.
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?
He also places Miles' work in the context of what else was going on in music at the time.
However, for any reprints, can I suggest a correction to the passage where the author mentions Rolling Stone's 20th anniversary, when the magazine listed the 100 best albums of the previous 20 years...
'Bitches' made the cut, but I'm pretty positive 'Kind Of Blue' didn't. While the latter would certainly made a Top 100 albums of ALL TIME (possibly even number one) it was, after all, released in the 1950s.