Miles, the autobiography

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Simon and Schuster, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 431 pages
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Here is the outspoken autobiography of a musical legend, one of the most compelling and important cultural figures of our time, describing Davis's mysterious five-year layoff and his triumphant return to music. 32 pages of black-and-white photos.

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User Review  - Scott_Hercher - LibraryThing

The amazing part of this book is how much it becomes an autobiography and history of jazz from the mid-1940s and forward. It seems that Miles Davis knew and played with nearly every major jazz figure ... Read full review

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User Review  - tagtuck - LibraryThing

Warning: lots of the F-word in here. Not for the faint of heart in that realm. Raw but real. A great in road into his music if you listen to the albums as he discusses them while telling his story. Read full review


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About the author (1989)

Jazz trumpeter and composer, Miles Davis was one of the world's finest and most loved musicians and the most consistent jazz trendsetter in that genre's history. Davis rose to prominence in the 1940s as a member of Charlie Parker's band. He formed his own band years later. He introduced audiences around the world to jazz, be-bop, modal playing, free-form explorations, and the use of electronics. During his four-decade career, Davis also incorporated into his music elements of pop, rock, classical, and flamenco. Some of his most acclaimed works include Kind of Blue, Bitches Brew, Miles Ahead, Miles Smiles, Birth of the Cool, and In a Silent Way. The Grammy Award-winning musician died of pneumonia, respiratory failure, and a stroke at the age of 65

Featured on two PBS poetry series, Troupe is the author of seven volumes of poetry including Transcircularities, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and Minnesotabased Talking Volumes bookclub selection. In addition to children's books on Magic Johnson and Stevie Wonder, Troupe chronicled his friendship with Miles Davis in Miles and Me, soon to be a feature film.

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