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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Great book, perfectly narrated. It really captures Miles' personality. Highly recommended! Especially for jazz fans, I also learned a lot about other jazz greats.
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.
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.
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.
The whole story. I literally looked forward to throwing in my headphones or driving so I can listen to what's happening next.
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.
After listening to a couple of hours where almost every other word for a four letter one, I finally gave up on the book.
I was very disappointed.
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.
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