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Miles to Go | [Chris Murphy]

Miles to Go

Miles to Go is a frank and intimate exploration of Miles Davis' eccentric working life, drug habits, paranoia, depression, and subsequent recovery. Murphy explores Davis' troubled relationship with his children and the controversial role Cicely Tyson played in his life. The book also delves into the dynamics that made Davis' band work so well together, placing Davis' work in a historic, literary, and musical framework.
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Publisher's Summary

Miles to Go is a frank and intimate exploration of Miles Davis' eccentric working life, drug habits, paranoia, depression, and subsequent recovery. Murphy explores Davis' troubled relationship with his children and the controversial role Cicely Tyson played in his life. The book also delves into the dynamics that made Davis' band work so well together, placing Davis' work in a historic, literary, and musical framework.

Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, and a very unlikely Mother Teresa all have walk-on parts in this engaging, intelligent, and often hilarious narrative. Miles to Go takes us from the small seedy jazz clubs that Davis frequented to the world tours, and then finally to Davis' triumphant return with his celebrated concerts at Lincoln Center in the early 1980s.

©2002 Chris Murphy; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Murphy portrays Miles as funny, loyal, and generous, but lonely and often depressed, struggling with the pressures of his career and chaotic personal life during what was a difficult era for a jazz musician." (Booklist)

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    Matthew EUMUNDIAustralia 09-07-06
    Matthew EUMUNDIAustralia 09-07-06
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    Avoid this Miles Biography. Although it contains a few interesting stories, it is more about the author's brush with fame and his experiences and exploits. It is frustrating listening to his detailed stories about his sexual conquests, drug experiences and encounters with other artists which have nothing to do with Miles Davis. I listened to this because I am a fan of Miles Davis, not Chris Murphy. It is also very poorly written.

    I regret buying this audio book.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    THERON QUARLES II 05-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Want to get a feel for what made Miles tick!"
    Would you listen to Miles to Go again? Why?

    When you want to step into the world of Miles this it he book that will take you right there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The up close personal details of his daily life and the people he encountered over his years playing.


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The feeling that "he" in fact was friends with Miles


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The mystery of Miles


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 02-27-13
    Catherine LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2011

    I love to read!

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    Would you listen to Miles to Go again? Why?

    Sure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A labor of love. A personal tribute.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Miles testing him as the caretaker of the cocaine. Telling him to keep it and help himself, yet glad to discover he would not violate the trust.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    There were many sides to Miles. Just like there are many sides to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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