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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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    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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    Marcia 11-22-12
    Marcia 11-22-12
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    "Too Gritty!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    After listening to a couple of hours where almost every other word for a four letter one, I finally gave up on the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Miles Davis again?

    No


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dion Graham?

    Probably not


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very disappointed.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James R. Folker Mt. Pleasant, IA 03-20-12
    James R. Folker Mt. Pleasant, IA 03-20-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Terrible"

    It's 15 hours of a millionaire drug addict blaming every person he was ever close to for every bad thing that ever happened to him. And he's a huge rascist. I love Miles' music, but wished I'd have skipped this. I liked him a helluva lot better before listening to this.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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