- Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
- Verlag: MacMillan; Auflage: New Ed (7. Dezember 1990)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0330313827
- ISBN-13: 978-0330313827
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,9 x 2,8 x 19,9 cm
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Miles: The Autobiography (Picador Books) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Dezember 1990
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Miles: The Autobiography, like the man himself, holds nothing back. He talks about his battles against drugs and racism, and discusses the many 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 has given us the most exciting music of recent times has now given us a fascinating and compelling insight into his extraordinary life. 'An engrossing read . . . gives fascinating insights into the cult phenomenon' Miles Copeland, Weekend Telegraph 'Magnificently truthful, action packed, raw and bleeding' Miles Kington, Independent 'Passionate, opinionated, unfettered . . . What gives this book, and the man, their final weight and strength is that Davis's driving, almost possessed pursuit of his art. The passion to create is all, and let the world go hang itself' Herbert Kretzmer, Daily Mail
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But above all, this about the music. His own telling of his style, the true creators of the form in total and the actual environment where it was produced, and how he created so many styles of his own is enough to make this book worth having.
You will never find another human being who can make curse words sound so beautiful!
If there is anything I would say that would prevent this book from geting five stars, it would probably be the existence of a book called MILESTONES; a supposedly even harder edged and more deeply researched biography of Miles. The author of MILESTONES swears that it was only one of Miles' less important and actually less interesting alter-egos ("Freaky Deaky") that was channeled by him to the poet/writer who helped prepare this autobiography- with the original jazz composiitonal ideas clearly elucidated actually coming from this writer's book. Scandal and gossip being what it is, it effects the preexisting (or previously praised)work; but I have to read it as well to know if any of his opinions and accusations can hold water, and if the book is actually as good as this one.
Either way, something profoundly, magnificently cool came into the world when Miles Davis was born and put a trumpet in his hand, and this book will make that abundantly clear. I highly recommend it.
If you love jazz, or are a jazz musician, this book will remind you why. And why you love Miles. Everybody does.
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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