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Miles: The Autobiography | [Miles Davis]

Miles: The Autobiography

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. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. 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.
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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. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. 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.

©1989 Miles Davis. All rights reserved. (P)2012 AudioGo

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    J. R. Morse raleigh, nc usa 05-21-15
    J. R. Morse raleigh, nc usa 05-21-15 Listener Since 2003

    consumer of truth

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    "The Miles Davis Version Is Always Worth a Listen."

    This is a well written autobiography that packs a punch in just the way Miles would prefer. I loved listening to an informative and interesting account of the life of a guy who brought to my own life, one of its most valued treasures...his music. I especially enjoy that Dion Graham becomes Miles, to me.

    There are many things about Miles that I have a hard time accepting . He can be quite abrasive and self-centered. But, amid the exertions of his at times outrageous ego, you can hear humble honesty coming through. I appreciate a fairly open account of his thoughts and he has a ton of wisdom to offer, music being only a portion of what he teaches. Miles seemed to care about being a positive influence, and he was not perfect. Here is not some god to be worshipped; but instead a human being who pushed himself and others to accomplished some incredible things. Yet, I felt "nudged" by him time and again, as only an enlightened spirit might do. His arguments about the music industry, race, and culture are no less thought provoking today.

    I will accept the gift as it was given. The version by Miles is always worth a listen.

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    E. J. Fronczek 05-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it."

    Great insight into the life and mind of a musical genius. The book was written in Miles' voice. The performance is excellent, he sound very much like Miles. It's a very genuine, important work.

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    $Semaj 05-10-15
    $Semaj 05-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Miles (ahead)"

    Absolutely superb! At times gut wrenching; other times sublime. But the honestly always comes through. What he shows for me is that it's all connected. And yes it's a MF. Here's to Miles, my main man.

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    Rebecca Flesch 04-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "From the perspective of a person who was there."

    The performance of Davis by Dion Graham is spot on. You would swear your listening to Mikes tell his story. "Miles" is a special snap shot of history. It show the perspective of not only a person who was there, but a person who played with the greats, became great and inspiring other great players around him. In addition Miles is very forthcoming about his own flaws as a person and how drugs were the downfall of all the greats. A great book on jazz and the life in the country in the 40's-80's

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    lawrence overton 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Miles"

    there r not enough words to express my joy of this book, now I am a big jazz fan and especially Miles D., but I have learned more about so many jazz musicians and their drug habits before unknown 2 me yet they were still able 2 produce phamtasmorgoricle music. I also didn't know Miles had such a bad habit but impressed with his strength 2 over come it, yes it was very informative and great listening and I recommend every jazz fan should really listen 2...thank u for this opportunity.the narrator performed beyond excellent 2 bring this great story 2 ones ears,his voice is so much like Miles that it was quite enthralling.

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    Maya A. 04-17-15
    Maya A. 04-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "My new favorite book of all time."

    I just fell even deeper in love with Miles the musician and the man. What an honest, introspective, and enriching read. As educational as gossipy. And the narrator deserves an award. Between the author's preservation of Davis' tone and the narrator's voice, I felt like I just got to spend a bunch of hours with Miles Davis himself. I'll miss hearing this voice. What a treat this was.

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    Ed Hopkins 03-19-15
    Ed Hopkins 03-19-15

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    "Honest"

    Outstanding book and performance. The reader does an excellent job capturing miles' speaking voice. There is no substitute for hearing a person tell his own story.

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    Jae 03-02-15
    Jae 03-02-15 Member Since 2015

    Her.

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    "Can't get enough of this guys story."
    What made the experience of listening to Miles the most enjoyable?

    They way he talks about music is the best. How he describes it when he talks about playing and moving through the music with is instrument as his band plays. Love it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    From him dropping out of Juilliard to him playing in the small clubs to learn what the "real music" scene was doing. Couldn't get much better than that.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole story. I literally looked forward to throwing in my headphones or driving so I can listen to what's happening next.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth every penny/credit. Recommended to me by a buddy I was visiting out in Austin Texas. I wanted to get away from the normal genres I read and listen to and he told me about this book. Got an account with audible that night and downloaded it and loved every minute of it.

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    Jonathan 02-21-15
    Jonathan 02-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It's like sitting down with Miles."

    Great book, perfectly narrated. It really captures Miles' personality. Highly recommended! Especially for jazz fans, I also learned a lot about other jazz greats.

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    C. Beaton Eureka, CA 05-04-12
    C. Beaton Eureka, CA 05-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "This Book is Only for Hard Core Miles Davis Fans!"

    I usually enjoy reading books by black artists who struggled with racism and a difficult life to achieve great success. I had heard of Miles and enjoyed his music over the years, but I knew nothing about him. One of the reasons I bought this book was the fantastic narrator, Dion Graham - one of my favorites. Dion somehow manages to sound like an old black musician with a gravely voice and dirty mouth. Dion has the talent to sound like almost anybody and can make a mediocre book great.

    I listened to about two hours of this book and had to quit. Miles was a black child of well-off parents and lots of advantages. He worked hard at his music, is very gifted and he knows it. He comes off in this book as an unpleasant old man who manages to insert "mfer" into almost every paragraph. I'm not offended by bad language when it works in the book, but it gets tiresome in this one.

    I like to be enlightened and educated by books like this, but I was bored by the tone and attitude of this gifted but unpleasant man. Give it a pass.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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