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He was at the peak of his career having achieved star status when he withdrew from the spotlight spending years as a recluse These seeming contradictions fueled the myths surrounding the man but Szwed's insights into Davis' personality and artistic creativity shed new light on his life from his turbulent relationships to his drug use and mysterious last days Elegantly written and carefully researched So What is the authoritative life of an artist who was always ahead of his time. Szwed has provided a good overview of Davis his personal relationships and how they influenced his creative process from formative years through his final days As a musician I was pleased with the attention to detail regarding the music itself

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So What The Life of Miles Davis

Musical genius visionary artist enigma than ten years after his death Miles Davis still looms large as a cultural icon In this the first new biography since Davis' death John Szwed draws on various archives and never before published interviews with those who knew him to produce the richest and most revealing portrait of Miles Davis to date The shy son of a dentist from Illinois Miles Dewey Davis III would go through several transformations before becoming the image of cool Chan. In the past few days I immersed myself into the life of Miles Davis through the pen of John Szwed I read from 10 pm when the kids went to bed until 130 in the morning went to sleep with Miles in my head and then got up at 5 am to read some Even though I have read a numerous books on Miles including his autobiography I find Szwed s So What enlightening Most of Miles stories have been told before but Szwed made some corrections through his extensive research and interviews of Miles s family members Once again I lost count of how many women Miles had slept and slapped but the way that he treated Frances Taylor in particular as told in this book is uite appalling Although Szwed claims in the introduction that this book is not a musical study he had done excellent job of briefly discussing Miles s albums from Birth of the Cool to Doo Bop If you want in depth studies of Miles s music however make sure to pick up Richard Cook s It s About That Time Miles Davis On and Off Record after finish reading this book

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Ge says Szwed was the driving force in both Davis' life and music as uickly as he established a new direction in his music and a new identity he would radically reinvent both He seemed to thrive on close musical relationships playing with jazz greats from Charlie Parker to John Coltrane and working with Dizzy Gillespie Sonny Rollins Wayne Shorter and composer Gil Evans among others and yet the enduring image of Davis is of a lone figure famously turning his back on the audience. The best book on Miles that I ve read and I ve read uite a few A great place to start if you want an introduction to the life and times and music of arguably the most important musician of the second half of the 20th century Now to put on Sketches of Spain


10 thoughts on “So What The Life of Miles Davis

  1. says:

    In the past few days I immersed myself into the life of Miles Davis through the pen of John Szwed I read from 10 pm when the kids went to bed until 130 in the morning went to sleep with Miles in my head and then got up at 5 am to read some Even though I have read a numerous books on Miles including his autobiog

  2. says:

    A well written book that devotes eual space to Miles as a person and Miles as a musicianThe person is troubled but the mus

  3. says:

    A very informative readA read at times that gets informative to the point of musical theory and breakdownWhat t

  4. says:

    This is a great book I haven't read any of the other existing autobiographies or books about Davis so I don't have much to compare to but the thorough research and detail of analysis and reference to other works makes it worthwhileIt's a book that looks at the artist and the man and how art or the creation of art and life are extremely intertwined and interwoven Of particular value I found is an interlude chapter where the author

  5. says:

    The best book on Miles that I’ve read and I’ve read uite a few A great place to start if you want an introduction to the life and times and music of arguably the most important musician of the second half of the 20th century Now to put on Sketches of Spain

  6. says:

    My uest to learn a little about jazz continued with this biography of Miles Davis And yes I learned a ton about the music I also lear

  7. says:

    Miles Davis like many a creative soul in fact like the majority of human beings was a multi facted personna On one hand he was a near genius musician; an exemplary example of those rare talents who always continu

  8. says:

    This is the second time I've read this book The first was in college Of all the Davis bios I've read this is my favorite especially now that I'm much familiar with his entire body of work Szwed presents a complete picture of the man warts and all You read about the drugs his mistreatment of women his ignoring of his family and so much You al

  9. says:

    Szwed has provided a good overview of Davis his personal relationships and how they influenced his creative process from formative years through his final days As a musician I was pleased with the attention to detail regarding the music itself

  10. says:

    I suppose my opinions of this would be different if I had read other miles bios before reading this it was thorough but full of impressions than facts and I liked it for that