Miles

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 15, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 441 pages
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For more than forty years Miles Davis has been in the front rank of American music. Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles is one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. The subject of several biographies, now Miles speaks out himself about his extraordinary life.

Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he has encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life. But above all, Miles talks about music and musicians, including the legends he has played with over the years: Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Trane, Mingus, and many others.

The man who has given us some of the most exciting music of the past few decades has now given us a compelling and fascinating autobiography, featuring a concise discography and thirty-two pages of photographs.

  

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I love his insights into each of his bands and eras. - Goodreads
not the greatest writer. - Goodreads
It wasn't a "page turner." - Goodreads
I even use it as a source of reference. - Goodreads
MY PREDICTION FOR THE ENDING N/A Nonfiction reading - Goodreads

Review: Miles: The Autobiography

User Review  - Daniel Tuhus-dubrow - Goodreads

Interesting, could have been a lot shorter. The last chapter on race relations and music is good. A lot of it is "these musicians were in my band, then these other guys were, and these guys recorded ... Read full review

Review: Miles: The Autobiography

User Review  - Alex Pyatetsky - Goodreads

The word "Autobiography" in the title isn't accidental as this book could have easily been called, "Setting the Record Straight, Motherfuckers." Like Mike Tyson's incredible autobiography, Miles ... Read full review

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About the author (1990)

Miles Davis is forever the innovator, not only as a musician, but in other realms. His artistic impressions in oil paintings and sketches have drawn critical acclaim and have been shown in galleries around the world. "Sir" Miles Davis was inducted into the Knights of Malta in November 1988. In November 1984, he received the Sonning Music Award for lifetime achievement in music, and in March 1990, his twenty-fourth Grammy Award, this time for lifetime achievement in music.

Quincy Troupe is a poet, journalist, and teacher. He won the 1980 American Book Award for poetry. He has published essays and articles in Essence, the Village Voice, Newsday, Spin, Musician, and many other publications. He was the editor of James Baldwin: The Legacy, and is a professor at the College of Staten Island (City University of New York) and at Columbia University.

The authors received a 1990 American Book Award for Miles.

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