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am 6. Mai 2000
I listened to Miles Davis's recordings for about a year before I purchased this book. I wanted to find out more about this gifted musician and found alot of insight into Miles Davis. While I don't agree with some of his opinions, I admire him for his bluntness of his beliefs. I especially enjoyed reading about his collaboration with Gil Evans and how such immortal classics as "Sketches of Spain", "Miles Ahead", and "Porgy and Bess" were developed and made into classics of Jazz. His opinions about fellow Jazz musicians are not sugar coated in any degree, either Miles liked you or he didn't, no middle ground. Yet, he admits his flaws and weaknesses, but makes no apologies for his past and the way he lived. His views of music critics and race relations are bitter, yet those were his experiences as he saw it. This biography of Miles in my opinion is the best insight into the musician and the man printed so far.
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am 3. November 1997
For the very few that felt Miles Davis was a saintly soul, they should be required to read this venomous, but arresting, biography detailing his early history in the clubs to the years of experimentation and critical panning. Miles Davis was arrogant, egotistical, vain, abusive (to himself and others), mainly uncomplimentary of other artists' talents, and foremost, a musical genius of unparalleled comparison. To hear him play was to make one almost forget how undesirable of a personality he was. This book is a must read for lovers of autobiography, for lovers of jazz's unique history, and most importantly, for those who want to find out more about the man behind the horn, regardless of what they may discover. This is a spectacular autobiography, behind only Kinski's "All I Need is Love" for outright pulp content and total audacity.
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am 7. September 1997
Haven't you ever wanted to live jazz, the way it was supposed to be lived, breathed, eaten, inhaled, and exuded? The way it was meant to, before jazz got relegated to background music for luxury car commercials and swank urban coffee shops. For those of us born in the wrong era, the closest we can get is to read _Miles: The Autobiography_. To say it's simply about sex, drugs, and jazz is like saying Miles's music merely "defined music for a new generation." After hearing Davis's refreshingly raw and acerbic, honest voice, you'll first realize why the editors had to cut out some material because it was too controversial, and then wonder manically what it could have been. It's not too late, though. If you can't pick up a trumpet and jam, the least you can do is read _Miles_ and breathe it in
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am 11. Oktober 1998
Miles is one of those musians that you have to give credit to. He has changed his style so much, but you know it was him. If it was cool jazz, hard bop, or fusion miles turns everything into an art form. And he also had the pimped out life style. It was hard to believe that in the seventies when he retired from music that he was all coked out. Once he was driving in his ferarri at night and thought the police were after him, so he stopped his car and ran into a building and left his keys in the car in the middle of the street, and he was hiding in an janitors room. I hope Miles will be remembered for his music and his cool personality.
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am 27. April 1999
This is a must read for those who want to know about the man who helped create the "cool" jazz era of the 40s and 50s, then radically changed his approach several times in the following decades. The narrative is rough, but the personality and character comes through loud and clear. I found most of it fascinating, but less so as Miles got more and more conked out on coke and alcohol in the later part of his life and career. I love his music, and this book goes a long way to explain how he approached and executed his craft. And lots of inside stories about the other jazz giants of his era.
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am 10. September 1998
Brilliant book about jazz by a brilliant jazz man -- the antidote for all those boring academic white-guy books about "Amerika's Classical Music." (Prudes beware of the totally "vernacular" language -- how many times can you use the word "motherf---er" in one book? Read and find out!)
Miles talks about the Life more than the Music, but when he does offer insights into his art they really make you think -- and listen anew.
PS -- hilarious that they got LeVar Burton to read excerpts! Miles' voice was lower & huskier than Wolfman Jack's!!!!
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am 18. November 1999
All of the comments above are valid, so I am not going to repeat that stuff. Read this book if you are into what was jazz music from the 1940s to 1980s. It is a great read. Recently, CNN ran a story about how jazz music is less than 2% of record sales now in the United States. Why might this situation be so? Miles explains why. He knew and predicted it in this book. The man's prescience is uncanny. See for yourself.
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am 20. April 1999
It's an understatement to call this glib, but there's a lot of interesting biographical information here (concerning musicians other than Miles too), if very little analysis. As a denizen of Saint Louis, I loved the bit about the Veiled Prophet Parade, and I laughed long and hard at Miles's cruel trick on Bill Evans--cruel of me, I know.
Also recommended: PENTATONIC SCALES FOR THE JAZZ-ROCK KEYBOARDIST by Jeff Burns.
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am 22. März 2000
Truly one of my favorite books of all-time. It's a poignant narrative into the life, times and music of one of America's greatest artistic treasures, Mile Davis. After reading the book, I have not only a better understanding and appreciation for his music but also a greater sense of his personality and temperment. In short, it's a must read for every fan of jazz or pop culture.
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am 12. Juli 2000
If you want to know about the true history of Jazz and the life and music of Miles Davis,you need to look no further than this book.Miles tells it like it is.A true education in Jazz,music in general and the life of Miles.I have gotten much deeper into his music since I read this book and I'm glad I did.
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