People whose power, influence, or perseverance have changed the world are the subjects of these candid biographies, which stress the impact of these individuals on the course of 20th-century events. Each book includes a bibliography and an index.
Trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis greatly influenced the course of jazz from the late 1940s until his death in 1991. He used his thoughtful, economical trumpet style to forge a stunning variety of new sounds. This frank, mesmerizing biography takes the reader inside the dazzling world of Miles Davis: his relationships with other jazz masters, his impact on jazz styles and innovations; and his recurrent health and drug problems.