Miles: The Autobiography

Miles The Autobiography Universally acclaimed as a musical genius Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world Here Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life Miles The Autobiography

  • Title: Miles: The Autobiography
  • Author: Miles Davis Quincy Troupe
  • ISBN: 9781451643183
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life.Miles The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it He condemns the racism he encountered in the music businUniversally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life.Miles The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it He condemns the racism he 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 gave us some of the most exciting music of the twentieth century here gives us a compelling and fascinating autobiography, featuring a concise discography and thirty two pages of photographs.

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      Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Davis was at the forefront of almost every major development in jazz from World War II to the 1990s He played on various early bebop records and recorded one of the first cool jazz records He was partially responsible for the development of modal jazz, and jazz fusion arose from his work with other musicians in the late 1960s and early 1970s.Davis belongs to the great tradition of jazz trumpeters that started with Buddy Bolden and ran through Joe King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie, although unlike those musicians he was never considered to have the highest level of technical ability His greatest achievement as a musician, however, was to move beyond being regarded as a distinctive and influential stylist on his own instrument and to shape whole styles and ways of making music through the work of his bands, in which many of the most important jazz musicians of the second half of the Twentieth Century made their names.Davis was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006 He has also been inducted into the St Louis Walk of Fame, Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame, and Down Beat s Jazz Hall of Fame.

    981 thoughts on “Miles: The Autobiography”

    1. ****Bad words ahead!!! stop reading now if you get your panties in a bunch around "naughty words". ****If foul language offends you, DO NOT pick up this book.If you could give a shit, pick it up and enjoy!one motherfucking good read!-read it with a glass of wine and some miles playing in the background-it will blow your mind, motherfucker!

    2. i won't say this is the absolute best book i've ever read, but it sure is a motherfucker, as miles would probably say if he were here. though actually he'd probably just punch me in the face for saying that and tell me to come up with my own shit to say, instead of copying him and trying to look hip when i'm not. and he'd be right about that as he is about pretty much everything else, except maybe on the question of whether or not one should beat women, but hey, everybody's got their blind sidei [...]

    3. An absolute must for musicians and fans. I would think this autobiography would be interesting for anyone just based on the insight into such a magnificent cultural era(s) in our country but I am biased because I love Miles and his work. The narrative really reads like you are being spoken to in Davis' tone, cadence and patois. And he seems to hold little back including a lot of recollections and ideas that you wish were not part of someone's heart and mind that you so greatly admire. But that i [...]

    4. A long, rambling epic that careens between stuff like Miles breaking down in surprising depth the multiple jazz zeitgeists he was involved in and Miles uncomfortably sitting in the back of a car with Charlie "Bird" Parker and a prostitute while Bird simultaneously gets his dick sucked and eats chicken. So much fucking dirt on the musical idols of every jazz nerd according to Miles Mingus was an intensely racist rageaholic, Armstrong was an Uncle Tom, Coltrane was a nose-picker and Billie Hollida [...]

    5. Sitting across from me he continues telling me about his life. I don’t particularly like him or find him interesting, at least not as interesting as he finds himself. Laying a line of cocaine on the tabletop, he snorts it then orders another drink. There is one exception which has and still runs through our conversation. His life is lived not only for creativity but for reaching, for further and new means of reaching. This is the experience which provides the meaning in his life. I’m coming [...]

    6. This is one of the most inspiring musician biographies I've ever read, and I'm not a rabid Miles fan. It's good in the same way the recent Keith Richards autobiography is good - because it's a book about music by a guy who loves music, has played a lot of music and knows a lot about music. Also, unlike the comparable Ray Charles autobiography it doesn't wind down halfway through when it becomes clear its protagonist is an incurable man of habit and a control freak. Nah, that ain't Miles. Miles i [...]

    7. Was Miles Davis a devotee of the OULIPO movement? Given his stated disinclination to read books it may be unlikely, but it does seem that he set himself an OULIPOian constraint when dictating the material that was shaped into book form by Quincy Troupe. The constraint was to describe every person, object and experience using only the words motherfucker, shit and bad. His early interest in music? "I remember being fascinated by hearing the records of Louis Armstrong, Jimmie Luncefordd a whole bun [...]

    8. What a treat. I waited far too long to read this book, but I finally did and have been richly rewarded. I now have this book as the 2nd best biography I have ever read. For those who are interested in the first, it is Arthur Ashe. But Miles came damn close to challenging for that number one spot. He was extremely genuine and forthright about his life, even admitting to slapping and abusing women, which is brave, only because it isn't mandatory to reveal such scurrilous behavior. The honesty abou [...]

    9. Quite simply, this is one of the best autobiographies you will ever read. It's just a real honest look at a musical genius who gives it all to you Straight, No Chaser (referencing Thelonious Monk) with all of the warts and flaws included.If you thought you knew everything about Miles Davis you might want to read this book to find out otherwise. He is brutally honest about everything here including: racism, drugs, women, physical abuse, music, family issues etcThis book is written in a very comfo [...]

    10. Miles Davis's autobiography takes no pains whatsoever to varnish the author's reputation as a kind and loving human being. By far, the word that appears more often than any other in Miles: The Autobiography, written in partnership with Quincy Troupe, is that 12-letter, four-syllable all-purpose standby for a person who engages in sexual relations with his own mother. In whip-quick conversational prose that moves with the deft, percussive rhythms of truth when it riffs out hesitation free, Davis [...]

    11. This is a very honest autobiography. Davis thought (for good reason) that he was a wonderful musician and didn't let anyone dissuade him. At the same time, in many respects this book is a name dropping list of great musicians Davis worked with and for and lauched. I was turned off by the language even though I knew that it was absolutely Davis's voice. I also didn't think he explained the politics of Black Power well enough. I understood his point of view but he tried to stay apolitical while ha [...]

    12. Over the course of these four hundred pages, Miles switches between electrifying discussions of his and others' creative processes and insults directed at the musicians he worked with. Take it as you will, I guess, but the music-talk is as wonderful as one would expect. And treat yourself to a shot of the liquor of your choice every time he calls someone or something a motherfucker.

    13. I love this book. It is in Miles own words from interviews and he says it like it is, lays out his life, his music and many personal aspects of relationships with family and women, as well as his health. A brilliant musician he was a master at mentoring musicians. If you want to learn about the creative process this book provides an amazing study. Some quotes:"A musician's attitude is the music he plays.""Things take time, you know, you just don't learn something new and do it overnight. It has [...]

    14. As usual, it took me no time at all to finish this one since it has to do with a subject I'm obsessed with. There couldn't be a more mind-boggling character of the Black Jazz community of the 20th century than this man.(maybe Archie Shepp)[where's his book?:] It reads so well, giving you the sense that he's just sitting there lighting cigarette after cigarette, pouring brandy after brandy. Each time you pick it back up, he's wearing a new pair of sunglasses, or a new fucked up hat. It also made [...]

    15. tips for being a great artist:1) never doubt yourself2) never repeat yourself3) never admit that you were wrong4) do drugs

    16. The first and only Miles Davis album that I ever bought was Bitches Brew in 1970. I later used the music on the album to jar students in a training class to think creativity, but have not listened to the album in years. So I did not know what to expect when I decided to listen to the autobiography of Miles Davis. The original book came out in 1989. The audio recording that I listened to came out in 2012. I have since listened to the Kind of Blue which many consider his magnum opus. I loved it.Mi [...]

    17. Excelente autobiografia, muito completa e iluminadora em termos musicais, directa e dura em termos pessoais. Pela linguagem, mas sobretudo pela incorreção politica da personagem, não é para os estômagos mais sensíveis. Mas compensa, compensa muito: a autobiografia de Miles Davis tem o condão quase mágico de nos fazer perceber melhor e amar ainda mais a música de um dos maiores génios da grande música do século XX, o jazz.

    18. I loved this audio production of Miles. It was wonderful learning about his life from the early years on and he held nothing back. He tells it like he lived it and does not pretty it up. He is raw and honest and his life story is no different. For me, I learned some surprising things about how he was brought up and how other musicians influenced him; and it all made sense once he explained it. Needles to say I learned a lot about music, and enjoyed the parts I didn't even understand. Even though [...]

    19. I finished both the autobiography of Miles Davis as well as Ian Carr’s excellent biography a few weeks back. Both were exhilarating reading to be honest. As for the autobiography I love Miles’ style injected with loads of vernacular and honest, brutal self-criticism at times and megalomaniac self-praise in others. It was a fascinating look into how he viewed his contemporaries and acolytes – particularly the respect he always paid to Trane was touching. I was not aware of the conflict betw [...]

    20. As Miles might whisper, this is a motherfucker of an autobiography. Chock full of juicy anecdotes from the world of jazz, Miles tells the truth in his own words from the depths of heroin addiction to the heights of the great quintet sessions. All along the way he tells his story from his perspective, both dishing out the dirt on everyone from Charlie Parker to Billie Holiday to singing their praises. Mostly follows his life chronologically revealing more about the man that will make you either l [...]

    21. When Miles played his trumpet he's a crowd pleaser, and this book does just that. There's some great anecdotes in this book, like Miles telling us one of the biggest influences on his trumpet playing was Orson Welles' soothing radio voice(!). He tells us John Coltrane used to pick his boogers and eat them (!). Whether he's telling Thelonious Monk to fuck off or fight a drug habit, Miles has served a real page-turner. You won't get bored with this one!

    22. This was one heck of an autobiography. I've never seen anyone write something about themselves that was so transparent. I have a thing for people that just don't give a damn what other people think. It takes courage to live your life on your own terms. And Miles Davis was clearly one of those types of people. If interested, I wrote a thorough review over on the blog: readinghaspurpose

    23. this was a very candid, no holds barred autobiography. I felt like I really knew Miles Davis after reading this book. I know there is a movie coming soon and I cant wait to see it. I will update this review after I see the movieWARNING: don't read if you are going to feel offended by the cuss words.

    24. A rich overview of - probably - the greatest innovator of music in the XX century. This is, to paraphrase Miles' writing stile "a hell of a moterfucking badass book. It's really something else".

    25. 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 leaves no room for speculation with his brutally forthcoming depiction of addiction, neuroticism, failure as a parent and even domestic violence.This book documents the process that was Miles Davis. Like Steve Jobs, Miles gives you no room to romanticize the person behind the creation. It forces you to wr [...]

    26. To call this brilliant autobiography a motherfucker wouldn’t quite do it justice, but at the same time it would, because that’s what Miles might call it, and to Miles, “motherfucker” is a term that yields several different meanings and definitions. Normally I prefer the unauthorized biography in opposition to the autobiography, because with the autobiography there’s always the vague feeling that you’re not getting the whole truth, or the big picture, or the real stories, as the autho [...]

    27. this is a re-read for me, one of those i read in grad school for my cw project and wanted to come back b/c a new audio book version had come out. a previous audio had come out years ago with LeVar Burton dropping Miles f*bombs and motherf*bombs, but since it was abridged, it had the feel of a history book, with "I played on this date with these musicians" and "I played on that date" peppering the latter stages of the material. Plus while Burton stretched himself to read the book, you never truly [...]

    28. When I drove from SC to CA roughly a thousand years ago, it was in an old Ford Pinto station wagon with a radio and an 8-track tape player. It wasn't until I was passing through Texas and radio coverage became limited to cowboy country music and low wattage repent-or-get-fucked-to-hell tele-preachers, that I realized I had no music in the car. I looked around and, under the passenger seat, found a copy of Miles Davis's Live-Evil. I looped that tape nonstop all the way to LA and ended up developi [...]

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