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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Information about the Jazz scene and the variety of artists Miles came in contact with througout his carreer.
The story was gritty and had many powerful messages. It explained away a lot of rumors, connected a lot of dots,revealed the many struggles, relationships and triumps that exist in the music business.
The Miles "feeling" by hearing the story.
I knew there was drug and alcohol use in the jazz scene but the frequency and volume used was surprising.
I will be pulling my Miles music collection and will be having a marathon and tying the stories and information in the book to the various tunes. I would like to hear more autobiographies of the Jazz greats in the future.
The picture you get of an era, and the many musicians that Miles knew and played with.
My godson is African American, when he's old enough I'd like him to hear this book.
I feel as if Miles is sitting in the room talking to me. Dion Graham is Wonderful.......
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He Sounds like Miles Davis, he brings it to life for me.
Yes, I was shocked at some of the behaviors of the Jazz greats.
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If you want to get a glimpse of Miles the man, the father, the husband, & the musician....you will not be disappointed. Miles is brutally honest whether you like it or not!!!
The narrator is like listening to Miles Davis himself. Some many great stories in there; music, women, drugs, masculinity, life itself.
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.
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.
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