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Miles to Go: The Lost Years [Kindle Edition]

Chris Murphy

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Told by Chris Murphy, a young, down-on-his-luck, Irish-American guitarist who devoted himself to Miles Davis, first as his roadie and assistant, and then as one of his most trusted road managers, Miles to Go is a frank and intimate exploration of Davis’s eccentric working life, drug habits, paranoia, depression, and subsequent recovery. It also deals with Davis’s troubled relationship with his children and the controversial role Cicely Tyson played in his life. Murphy explores the dynamics that made Davis’s band work so well together, placing Davis’s work in a historic, literary, and musical framework. It corrects Davis’s own almost self-hating autobiography, and attempts to treat with some balance the rumors about Davis being bisexual and HIV positive upon his death. Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, and a very unlikely Mother Theresa all have walk-on parts in this engaging, intelligent, and often hilarious narrative that takes us from the small seedy jazz clubs that Davis was always at home in, to the world tours, and then finally to Davis’s triumphant return with his celebrated concerts at Lincoln Center in the early ‘80s. Eight pages of black-and-white photos are included.

Synopsis

Told by Chris Murphya down-on-his-luck Irish American guitarist who devoted himself to Miles Davis, first as his roadie and assistant, and then as one of his most trusted road managersMiles to Go is a frank and intimate exploration of Davis's eccentric working life, drug habits, paranoia, depression, and subsequent recovery. The book also delves into Davis's troubled relationship with his children and the controversial role Cicely Tyson played in his life. Murphy explores the dynamics that made Davis's band work so well together, placing Davis's work in a historic, literary, and musical framework. It corrects Davis's own self-hating autobiography, and attempts to treat with some balance the rumors about Davis being bisexual and HIV positive upon his death. Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, and a very unlikely Mother Theresa all have walk-on parts in this engaging, intelligent, and often hilarious narrative that takes us from the small seedy jazz clubs that Davis frequented, to the world tours, and then finally to Davis's triumphant return with his celebrated concerts at Lincoln Center in the early 80's.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3402 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Thunder's Mouth Press (1. Januar 2002)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004L62GBU
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #486.478 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Amazon.com: 3.5 von 5 Sternen  12 Rezensionen
5 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen why all the naysayers? 6. November 2006
Von Nero3000 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Like the previous reviewer stated, this book is a MEMOIR, not a biography. It gives a portrait of Miles through the eyes of a man who knew him intimately for years. It balances the good and the bad(did the negative reviewers who wanted more of the "bad" Miles skip over the part where he attacks and beats on Finney?? Hardly a "whitewash")

It's a fun and absorbing read. I couldn't put it down.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I wanted to give this book 5 stars... 6. August 2006
Von R. LaRue - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
...but the writing is a bit too conversational for my taste--almost as if the text were transcribed from a tape, as opposed to composed on the page.

However, the other reviewers who object to the author's writing about himself (as well as about the musician who is his subject) are missing the point. This is a personal memoir, not a biography. As such, it is not researched--it is recollected. I found the stories fascinating, and while it is true that there is more of Murphy than Miles here, it is understandable--the author is sharing an intimacy here, and it would be wrong to reveal his subject without revealing himself as well. What we see, ultimately, is Murphy in the context of Miles, as well as Miles in the context of Murphy.

The picture Murphy presents of life on the road with one of the gods of American music is riveting--I couldn't put this book down. And while I can't vouch for its veracity, it is certainly an anodyne to the usual bad-boy image of the musician. At least in his relationship with the author, Miles comes across as a warm, likeable, and intelligent man, with a terrible dependency on reinventing himself and his music--artistically restless utterly unable to rest on his laurels.

As a jazz fan who never cared much for the later Miles, it was nice to learn that, even if you don't care for Miles' music of that period, it was never (as critics have suggested) a crass attempt to cash in on to commercially successfull music. He loved rock and rock musicians and felt there was a genuine place for a band such as his.

Kudos to Chris Murphy for sharing these reminiscences
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A little bit better than I expected 18. April 2002
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There's hero worship and then there's idolatry. Miles was and still is one of my musical heroes - an almost personal relationship exists with your heroes, even though I never met the man. Even though this book for the most part operates on the level of blind adoration of Miles, those who have been touched by his music, and therefore his personality, are bound to get [drawn] in. So I found myself enjoying all the stories. It's like what Joe Zawinul said about Miles: the greatest conversation piece in 20 years . . . Fortunately, the author doesn't delve too deeply into giving "insight" into the music - there are perhaps others who could do that better, namely some of the musicians who played with Miles. But the author has offered up what I feel to be a sincere and heartful account of his time with Miles, coming from a person whose perspective is not usually heard from - the roadie!
3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting memoir 14. August 2007
Von Bradley F. Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The author was a Miles Davis roadie in the latter years when the trumpeter spent a lot of time holed up in his dark NYC apartment between gigs. As such, it's a rare glimpse of the human side of the aging Davis, long after his most important periods had passed. The portrait of Miles' long-suffering with his actress-girlfriend Cicely Tyson is humorously revealing. Murphy appreciates the late period music and gives it a nice contextual setting. Worth reading if you are a Miles Davis collector.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen the inside scoop 22. Januar 2002
Von al morrow - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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terrific book for anyone who loves miles. shows a much different picture than miles own book, where he seemed to want you to hate him, for some reason. chris writes like he was sitting next to you on a barstool, over a brew, telling you about his adventures in weirdville. i suggest putting on a pile of miles cd's, and reading this straight through.
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