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Miles Davis : the definitive biography

Author: Ian Carr
Publisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ian Carr's book is the perfect counterpoint and corrective to Miles Davis's own brilliant but vitriolic autobiography, providing a balanced portrait of one of the undisputed cultural icons of the 20th century. Carr has talked with the people who knew the man and his music best; and for this edition, updated since Davis's death, he has conducted new interviews with a number of jazz greats, including Ron Carter, Max  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Miles Davis; Miles Davis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Carr
ISBN: 1560259671 9781560259671
OCLC Number: 85450333
Notes: "First published in Great Britain by Quartet Books Limited, 1982; revised edition published by Harper Collins Publishers, 1998"--Title page verso.
Description: xii, 658, [8] pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Miles Dewey Davis III --
Bird Land --
The birth of the cool --
Cold turkey --
The first great quintet --
Miles ahead --
The first great sextet --
Porgy and Bess --
Is it jazz? --
After Coltrane --
In and out of the doldrums --
Miles in the sky --
Play what's not there! --
Miles runs the voodoo down --
Jazz into rock will go --
Live-evil --
Manhattan Jungle Symphony --
The silent years, 1976-1980 --
A tentative new beginning --
Crisis and rebirth --
Honours, insults, and changes --
Tutu --
Amandla --
The final chapter --
Musical examples --
Notes on repertoire --
Discography.
Responsibility: Ian Carr.

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Ian Carr's book is the perfect counterpoint and corrective to Miles Davis's own brilliant but vitriolic autobiography, providing a balanced portrait of one of the undisputed cultural icons of the 20th century. Carr has talked with the people who knew the man and his music best; and for this edition, updated since Davis's death, he has conducted new interviews with a number of jazz greats, including Ron Carter, Max Roach, and John Scofield. From the early New York apprenticeship with Charlie Parker, through Davis's drug addiction of the early 1950s, to the years (1954-1960) during which he signed with Columbia and recorded masterpieces with John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, and Cannonball Adderly, Carr sheds new light on Davis's life and career. His reclusive period (1975-1980) is explored with firsthand accounts of his descent back into addiction as is his dramatic return to life and music.

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