Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography

Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography

by Ian Carr
     
 

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In a counterpoint to Davis' autobiography, Carr provides a balanced portrait of one of the undisputed cultural icons of the 20th century. Photos.

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In a counterpoint to Davis' autobiography, Carr provides a balanced portrait of one of the undisputed cultural icons of the 20th century. Photos.

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Library Journal
Carr has not merely updated but substantially overhauled and enhanced his earlier life story of musician Miles Davis (Miles Davis: A Biography, LJ 9/1/82), already a fine biography. This new work charts Davis's musical career up to his death in 1991 and includes new interviews with jazz greats such as Max Roach and Bill Evans. Using a mixture of lay and technical terms, this often-riveting examination provides a balanced assessment of the importance of Davis to the world of music, particularly jazz. Carr's discussion of Davis's numerous recordings inexplicably treats those of 1974-75 offhandedly, particularly in comparison to all the space devoted to Davis's final ten years of recordings; there is a shade too much praise for these later documents. Carr redeems himself by concluding the book with his thoughtful obituary, originally published at the time of Davis's passing. Recommended for public, academic, and music libraries.--William Kenz, Moorhead State Univ. Lib., MN Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560252412
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
669
Product dimensions:
5.55(w) x 8.29(h) x 1.81(d)

Meet the Author


Ian Carr was born in Scotland and educated at Kings College, Newcastle. He is a professional musician who has done regular jazz broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and has written for the BBC Music Magazine. He is the author of Music Outside (1973) and Keith Jarrett, the Man and his Music (1991).

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