Miles: The Autobiography

Miles: The Autobiography

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Miles 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for the serious jazz enthusiast. Riveting from beginning to end, for those of us who love the world of jazz and the many great men and women who have given so much joy to all of us through their music this book is a pleasure. A word of warning: this book is not for children and the language that Miles uses is incredibly profane and frank. Sometimes the language that is used is off putting, but for those of us who love Miles and the genius of his music, it is something we just look past. A true education for music lovers, when this book was finished, I was kind of blue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased 1993-94 @ B&N, never returned, because a gift of a $5K gift of a music catalogue is attached to this book from Miles Davis, the proceed of his estate have yet to be received.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fast and interesting read. Miles is funny and raw with lots of wonderful expletives, yet he maintains a polite tone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the second copy I purchased. I once owned the hard cover that was published right before Miles passed away. I thought the book was written in an excellent way that didn¿t portray Miles as some saint. I always wondered how a guy who weighed no more than 160 pounds always got away with hitting someone. I know most of his stories in the book were from his own point of view. I highly recommend this book, which he explains in detail a lot of the history behind the Jazz scene. I own a lot of his recordings between the period of 54 and 70. HE WAS A MUSICAL GENIUS! It¿s funny how if you listen to most of Wynton Marsalis¿ music, especially CDs like ¿Black Code¿, ¿J Mode¿, and ¿Live at Blues Alley¿ you¿ll hear a strong resemblance to Miles¿ recordings of ¿E.S.P.¿, ¿Nefertiti¿, ¿Sorcerer¿, and ¿Miles Smiles¿. In addition, the Marsalis recording ¿Hot House Flowers¿ was recorded in the same style as ¿Miles Ahead¿ using an orchestra behind him as Miles did on his recording. I think both were classics. I bring all those recordings up because when Wynton burst on to the scene, he was instrumental in Columbia dropping Miles from their label. Wynton also showed Miles little respect during that period which hurt Miles deeply until his death. Miles hated Wynton for the slanderous things Wynton was saying about him to the press. You will find stories like this and many more if you read this book. With that in mind, I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
read this book miles rocks
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As a Jazz musician, I felt I learned more than just about Miles and his music. All the great giants of Jazz was discussed throughout the book. More importantly, Miles didn't hold anything back. I learned so much about the Prince of Darkness. In retrospect, this book is the history of jazz from the late swing era to his untimely death in 1991.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is stunning. It is incredibly comprehensive and Miles spares no detail. From the very first line, in which Miles speaks of the best feeling he ever had--with his clothes on--was listening to Bird and Diz on a bandstand, all the way through his closing observations, this book is fascinating. I remember when i was a mere sixty pages through the four-hundred-something book, I was getting anxious about finishing too soon.It is in no way short, but goes quickly. It is most enjoyable for a Miles fan, who is knowledgable of his band members like Cannonball Adderley, or Wayne Shorter, as Miles' personal writings of these individuals and their resulting work is much more of an experience for one closely associated with the work or person being described. The book is quite extensive in its detail and Miles' colloquial speech makes it a very personal and intimate experience for any reader. I'm one who loves the classics, such as Twain, Shakespeare, and so on, yet this book made my Top 5 favorites. A Must Read for anyone claiming to be a Jazz Fan, and a definite recommendation for all book lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the world's greatest musicians, Miles Davis lets go of just about everything in this great autobiography. Miles really lets loose on the racism that has hindered black musical talent for decades, and he is even more honest about his past excesses, which will be shocking to many readers to say the least. But the one thing that is exposed in this autobiography the most is his love for music and his striving for perfection. A truly remarkable book.