- Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
- Verlag: MacMillan; Auflage: New Ed (7. Dezember 1990)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0330313827
- ISBN-13: 978-0330313827
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,7 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 28 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 51.162 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Miles: The Autobiography (Picador Books) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Dezember 1990
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"San Francisco Chronicle" This is not just any book. As with everything else he has done, Davis's work as writer is likely to raise controversy. The book could well be subtitled "Miles Tells All" for this volume is crammed with juicy gossip about most of the key figures in modern jazz.
‘LISTEN. The greatest feeling I ever had in my life – with my clothes on – was when I first heard Diz and Bird back in 1944. I’ve come close to matching the feeling of that night, but I’ve never quite got there. I’m always looking for it, trying to always feel it in and through the music I play . . .’Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Although I think this is an excellent book, I must say it is not without its flaws. I think the first two-thirds of the book (the first 13 chapters, which cover the period between his birth and the late 60s--when he became electric/funk oriented) are MUCH more engaging than the final seven chapters, which cover everything up to the present. His vulgar, yet powerful tone remains consistent throughout the book, but he starts talking more about drugs and his problems with with women while he only glosses over what he was doing musically.
And when he starts talking about the musicians in his later bands, he often only presents a laundry list of names without really going into any detail about their character or any experiences he's shared with them (like he did with those in the first half of the book). This can bog the reader down because it makes it difficult to identify with what's going on. He just says "I liked what so-and-so was playing" or something like that, and that can get repetitive.
Also, the way he ends the later chapters doesn't really grip the reader and compel him to read further like the way he ended the earlier chapters. In a way, sometimes his writing becomes cliche and predictable, and it makes me wonder if Miles was becoming increasingly impatient as the book progressed.
I don't know if the final few chapters of the book are more boring because he's talking about drugs a lot or if it's because he's not playing jazz or if it's because the people and musicians in his life seem more anonymous or if it's because his later musicians were more obscure, but whatever it is, it's frustrating.
But despite all this, the wild ride Miles takes us on during the first 13 chapters or so makes this book more than worth the price of admission.
See Amazee doesn't tell you it's LaVar reading this, and I was expecting someone a bit more ENERGETIC! Someone BEFITTING the tone of the WORDS themselves! Believe me: It's not LaVar! He reads the same as he does on READING RAINBOW for kids!
So stay away until they do the version with Snoop Doggy D. or Jack Nicholson or that guy from the group Alabama with the real deep voice. Anyone BUT LaVar!
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