Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography

Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography

Miles Davis The Definitive Biography 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 th

  • Title: Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography
  • Author: Ian Carr
  • ISBN: 9781560252412
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 numberIan 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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    Concentrating more on an album by album appreciation and in depth analysis more so than on the enigmatic Miles Davis personality, British journalist and musician Ian Carr works his painstaking way through four decades of jazz trumpeter Davis' remarkable ups and downs.An Excellent book for those interested in Miles Davis and his work.

    Ian Carr's MILES DAVIS: The Definitive Biography is one of the more meticulous lives of the great jazz innovator. Published first in 1982, it was thoroughly revised in 1998 to cover Miles' final years as well as shed greater light on his entire career.A strong aspect of the book is Carr's access to various recordings which the average fan wouldn't have a chance to listen to, such as early projects in the 40s and concerts during the 1980s. Carr very thoroughly charts Miles' health problems and th [...]

    I thought I knew a little bit about Miles Davis, but now I feel 'close' to him ( as close as one could be).I didnst know he was born affluent, or that he dropped out of Julliard to play with Charlie Parker of that the dope days were short and over before he was a star. Carr's writing lapses into very specific descriptions about chords and notation, but not hard to understand. He drops in a lot of quotes from interviews and doesn't get too subjective. Interesting and informative, if not thrilling [...]

    A terrific biography that focuses mainly on his music and relation to other musicians. . . . After about 350 pages, the writing style gets tiring, but the content is engaging. . . . One odd thing is that on page 481, Carr writes, "One thing Miles Davis never mentions in his reasonably honest and remorselessly outspoken autobiography is his own bisexuality," and then doesn't expand on it or mention it again. It seems like that should have a larger part in the book.

    Ian Carr’s biography of Miles is of extreme interest to anyone that wishes to explore all the various revolutions that Miles instigated in modern jazz: from his first breakthrough with Bird on Now’s the Time, to the cool jazz debut in The Birth of the Cool, to the epic Kind of Blue, the transformational In a Silent Way, the exhilarating Bitches Brew all the way to his music in the 80s…it is all there. I knew only sketches of his story and found the style highly readable and the level of do [...]

    Ian Carr has written a monster of a book and while it covers the entirety of Davis' career, not all eras are examined equally. Much of Davis' output is given brief coverage. In fact, if you are seeking in-depth information about any of the trumpeter's seminal works you'd be better seeking other sources. Curiously, the portion of Davis' career to which Carr provides the most detailed information is his later, post-1980 work. As most fans, critics, and even casual listeners can attest, this is the [...]

    I only picked this up to check something and I've ended up practically re-reading it (albeit this is the shorter, earlier version). It's brilliant, basically. Carr can be a fussy, stuffy old bugger in places, and, for a biography the subject gets off very lightly, but he's so learned and saturated with the music you can't help but feel immersed. I can't think of another music biography that so often sends me off into obscure corners of an artist's discography, or, because of Carr's ear for detai [...]

    I'd been curious about Miles Davis since before I listened to his music, given the musician's impact on popular culture and really enjoyed this book. Something to keep in mind is it is written by a music journalist and this cuts both ways. It was well-written, factual and provided an in-depth chronological overview of Davis' life that, while not treating him with kids gloves, didn't linger on the salacious details. However, sections of the book, especially track-by-track descriptions of his albu [...]

    Extraordinario! Imagino que el mayor gusto de su lectura, lo tendremos los que apreciamos la música de Davis; se lee como una obra literaria en muchas partes, como una novela y también enriquece el conocimiento técnico del autor en cuanto a la música y el jazz.Recomiendo seguir el libro con los discos que van comentando, es bastante factible encontrarlos en YouTube, imagino que en Spotify, también.Espero volver a leerlo.

    Great read. Miles Davis' life speaks for itself, and Carr exposes in detail every aspect of it, attaining himself more to the music than to the personal side (which is understandable). However, sometimes one can feel that more thorough incursions in those personal aspects would be fruitful. The descriptions of concerts, recording sessions and music in general are great, but sometimes can be a little overwhelming. Other than that, perfect.

    Carr knows his music. And this helps. because he is able to deconstruct Davis's music and the phases of his life and be able to analyse when Davis began to come into his own, and how his music changed slowly as he grew up into a man. Stage by stage Carr is able to talk with the authority of a pro and the love of a Davis buff about the inner journey of Miles Davis as much as could be possible by an outsider.

    I learned so much about someone that I was so thirsty for information about - from his youth (and particularly his relationship with his father), to his battles with drug addiction (especially his early heroin addiction and help from his family) to his ability to always see where the music was heading and still be two steps ahead. Highly recommended for even the casual fan to get some insight into true genius.

    Marc Lerch, my good friend and fellow jazz enthusiast, recommended this one to me. Miles was a fascinating personality, and he was always light years ahead of everyone in the business. This book includes loads of interesting vignettes about the man and his music.

    Unnecessarily fawning considering most readers would already be fans. It might have been more useful to understand the context of his music and his influence. Nevertheless this is a useful analysis of Miles' technique, his relationship with his musicians and his composition techniques.

    This is a brilliant look at Miles by another trumpet player who understands very well what Miles was as musician. He also likes and understands the later, post-60s Miles work, which quite sets him apart. If you're gonna read a first book about Miles, this is a good one.

    An nice biography of Miles Davis. It was nice to read this from the viewpoint of someone other than Miles himself.

    Simply well done; as far as biographies go this is great,though, as far as literature goes, it is hard to compare a biography to other works, so I gave it a three.

    One of the great jazz biographies. A virtual history of jazz from the forties onward. The author's understanding of Miles music is extensive and brilliant.

    Ian Carr should have just written a dissertation analyzing Miles' music. He's not really interested in Miles's life in between studio sessions or performances.

    Well this pretty much all you need to know about Miles, but I would also suggest reading his autobiography and seeing the film 'the story of miles davis' as companion pieces.

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