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.
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A great representation of the man. Practically a history lesson on the modern evolution of jazz through a very personal one on one conversation with Miles himself. It is a long book but we'll worth the time. Excellent.
If you are a young musician this book is a must. If you are a music lover again, a must. A jazz lover? Here's several hours of heaven.
The history of Miles Davis's history in the world of jazz.
I read a biography on Miles a few years ago and loved it. This book (masterfully narrated by Mr. Dion Graham) filled in many spaces.
I like to write brief review's: this book is a work of art, be you a music lover or not. Get it. Listen a bit, check it out ....if you don't care for it, return it. I'll bet you stay for the whole 10 rounds and love every scraggy (Miles hurt his voice when he was younger) word.
I'm not a musician but have always wanted to be. For whatever reason, mostly lack of ability, I've never been able to learn an instrument. But I love listening to music, all types. At some point a long time ago I was listening to a lot of Grateful Dead - I love the Jerry songs, and realized that it must be very close to Jazz. Knowing very little about Jaxx I started picking up some CDs. And then bam, I bought Steamin and it changed my whole music orientation. I loved that album even though I couldn't explain to anyone what was going on. bIt was the mood that I loved, and his trumpet playing.
I didn't understand that he was such a rebel until I listened to this book. He's so similar to me, seeing rules as suggestions, recipes as something to use as a basis for making something better and thumbing my nose at authority.
I love Miles and even more so now. The whole time I was listening I kept wondering what I would say or ask him if I'd ever had a chance. Alas, I'll never know. Peace.
This is required reading for any and all Jazz fans and especially for Miles Davis fans. In fact, how could you be one without the other? The life of this complex and wildly talented man unfolds like a chapter in our nation's history while,at the same time, it invites us to share his journey through personal triumphs and tragic weaknesses. At times, the narrative made me cringe as I wondered how Miles could on one hand lash out against racial prejudice and cruelty while on the other hand, treat women as poorly and even violently as he did. Obviously, he holds little back from the reader. In fact, the afterword even suggests that the rawest stories were edited and even omitted for avoiding slander and defamation.
The narration is superb! The script is laced with vivid profanity that required just the right tone at all times. It was even entertaining to hear the same M***F**** epithet used as both glowing praise and as deepest derision.
Now I plan to listen once more to my row of Miles Davis CDs. This time, I'll listen with a keener awareness of the sensitivity, pain, and genius of this remarkable artist and his contemporaries.
Free thinker, engineer, musician, geek connoisseur
A must own!
um, Miles? because duh.
His Miles performance is just so convincing. I don't even want to think of him as not being Miles. Let me live in my bubble, leave my illusion alone.
This book is like the bible to me. I've read it so many times and now that I have it in my Audible library, it has a permanent place on my phone so i can get some wisdom from Miles whenever I need it. I'd give it a thousand more stars if i could. A billion even.
consumer of truth
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.
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.
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.
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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