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'Round about midnight : a portrait of Miles Davis

Author: Eric Nisenson
Publisher: New York : Da Capo Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Updated ed., 1st Da Capo Press edView all editions and formats
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From 1975 to 1981 the jazz giant Miles Davis temporarily retired from music. Almost completely reclusive, nobody outside of a very close circle knew what was happening to him. Rumors abounded: he was sick, he was dying, he was healthy; he was playing the trumpet, the organ, nothing at all. Only one jazz writer was able to get close to him during this time: Eric Nisenson. From 1978 to 1981 Nisenson conducted dozens  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nisenson, Eric.
'Round about midnight.
New York : Da Capo Press, 1996
(OCoLC)639392815
Named Person: Miles Davis; Miles Davis; Miles Davis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Nisenson
ISBN: 0306806843 9780306806841
OCLC Number: 33947066
Notes: Originally published: 1982. With new pref., 2 new chapters, and new discography.
Includes index.
Description: xxxiii, 302 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Hangin' out with daffy Davis: a preface to the Da Capo edition --
Foreword --
Early/late Miles --
New York bebop --
Chasin' the Bird --
Birth of the cool --
Blue haze --
The Quintet --
Miles ahead --
Modes --
Sorcerer --
Bitches brew --
Miles down the road --
Phoenix --
Prince of darkness --
Listening to Miles: an annotated discography --
Index.
Responsibility: by Eric Nisenson.
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