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Miles Davis and American culture

Author: Gerald Lyn Early
Publisher: St. Louis, Mo. : Missouri Historical Society Press, ©2001.
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"Brash and brilliant, an icon of cool, Miles Davis (1926-1991) was one of the twentieth century's greatest artists. The East St. Louis trumpeter and bandleader had an enormous impact in jazz with such diverse and classic recordings as The Birth of the Cool, Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain, and Bitches Brew. He inspired artists, writers, and other musicians with his musical daring and mysterious persona. His music  Read more...
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Miles Davis and American culture.
St. Louis, Mo. : Missouri Historical Society Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)639335216
Named Person: Miles Davis; Miles Davis; Miles Davis; Miles Davis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Lyn Early
ISBN: 1883982383 9781883982386 1883982375 9781883982379
OCLC Number: 46364839
Description: ix, 228 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The art of the muscle: Miles Davis as American knight and American knave / Gerald Early --
Just before Miles: jazz in St. Louis, 1926-1944 / William Howland Kenney --
"I just adored that man" / an interview with Quincy Jones --
"So what" ... it's "all blues" anyway: an anecdotal/jazzological tour of Milesville / Eugene B. Redmond --
"He's Miles ahead" / an interview with George Avakian --
Miles and the jazz critics / John Gennari --
"Sensational pulse" / an interview with Ahmad Jamal --
Miles, politics, and image / Ingrid Monson --
"Any direction he chose" / an interview with Ron Carter --
Miles Davis and the 1960s avant-garde / Waldo E. Martin Jr. --
From Kind of blue to Bitches brew / Quincy Troupe --
"It's about that time": the response to Miles Davis's electric turn / Eric Porter --
Miles Davis and the double audience / Martha Bayless --
"Here's God walking around" / an interview with Joey DeFrancesco --
Ladies sing Miles / Farah Jasmine Griffin --
Remembering Miles in St. Louis: a conclusion / Benjamin Cawthra --
Appendix 1. Playboy interview with Alex Haley --
Appendix 2. Chronology.
Responsibility: edited by Gerald Early.

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This collection of a dozen essays examines Miles Davis in a cultural context. It explores the St. Louis jazz scene of his youth and East St. Louis's cultural history, it examines Davis and civil  Read more...

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