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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It's incredible to hear one of the greatest musicians of modern times speaking so frankly about his life. All the stories about working with other jazz giants in blunt honest language brings the music to life. Fantastic narration.
Too long for anyone but a serious student of the music, not a lot of technical music theory discussion. Covers virtually his entire life, and he is candid about the self-abuse that doubtless shortened it. More than anything else, he tries to review and explain all the significant musical choices he made: what influences were the strongest at which time, why did he choose to play with the musicians that he did, and what led him to adopt each of the styles he progressed through. Any exposure to this will lead you promptly back to the music.
I really loved the early stories from the late 40s period since it involved so many jazz legends. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the recording sessions throughout his career. I wasn't as interested in the numerous stories of women and drugs, but that's not really a knock on the book - I just had little personal interest in that part of the story.
Like his music, his life was one of change , of relentless pursuit, of contradictions. A genius, Miles was not immune to the fragilities and frailties of lesser talented mortals. This autobiography is raw, direct, intense... Talent is as much a curse as a blessing, where the lights are so much brighter, and the darknes so much darker.
Judge not, only see the rationales behind the brilliance, and flaws of this most remarkable man.
this was a fantastic book for any Jazz lover or musician! Hearing all the stories of all the Jazz Greats was really wonderful and definitely made me feel that they were more human than Godlike which is how some of aspiring artists in to see them. I'm sure I will listen to this book over and over and over again.
I would listen again to Miles the autobiography to go visit the 40's and its jazz music scene. This book is just amazing for that.
The Johnny Cash autobiography is an other bio that I liked, and also helped me to understand the artist and its music genre.
There was a bunch of good stories and anecdotes in this book, it's hard to pick. Anything involving Bird, Max Roach or Juliette Greco was pretty good. Believe me, you have to listen to that book!
When Miles Davis came back to music in the early 80's, that was something interesting to hear.
Dion Graham's voice is too low and can be annoying at first, but you just feel it's Miles Davis that whisper to your ears.
I had heard that Miles was a crude a$$hole but as many things, when you get to know a person often you find out otherwise! That's Miles. Performance was great too!
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