Milestones: The Music and Times of Miles Davis

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This invaluable biography of trumpeter and jazz-bebop-fusion innovator Miles Davis (1926–1991) includes a substantial new introduction that for the first time details Davis’s turbulent last decade; the drawing and painting that became an additional creative outlet; the musical lows of his final “Freaky Deaky” years; the family warfare that has erupted over his last will and testament; and—in a long-awaited exposé—the truth behind Davis’s so-called Autobiography, the book that “borrowed” gigantic portions from ...
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Overview


This invaluable biography of trumpeter and jazz-bebop-fusion innovator Miles Davis (1926–1991) includes a substantial new introduction that for the first time details Davis’s turbulent last decade; the drawing and painting that became an additional creative outlet; the musical lows of his final “Freaky Deaky” years; the family warfare that has erupted over his last will and testament; and—in a long-awaited exposé—the truth behind Davis’s so-called Autobiography, the book that “borrowed” gigantic portions from Milestones and passed them off as Davis’s. Jack Chambers breaks his silence to discuss the extent of the “borrowing” and who was responsible. Here is the last word on the music and controversial life of Miles Davis.
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Editorial Reviews

Francis Davis
Chambers deserves praise for his assiduous research as well as for his insightful criticism. -- NY Times Book Review
Down Beat
In this 'lucid, objective account of [Davis's] musical development, Chambers masterfully reconstructs the sounds and events in Davis's life.
Down Beat
In this 'lucid, objective account of [Davis's] musical development, Chambers masterfully reconstructs the sounds and events in Davis's life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306808494
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Pages: 838
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Jack Chambers, the author of several books, lives in Canada, where he is professor of linguistics at the University of Toronto.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Pt. 1 Boplicity
1 Tune-up 1926-44 3
2 52nd Street Theme 1945-6 23
3 Ornithology 1947-8 58
4 Move 1948-50 90
Pt. 2 Miles Ahead
5 Down 1950-4 137
6 Walkin' 1954-5 180
7 Cookin' 1955-7 215
8 Fran Dance 1958-9 270
Bibliography 319
Index 326
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