Miles – The Autobiography (Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe)

It’s been a while since I posted on this blog. I haven’t stopped reading, though, and some of the books I’ve read in the past few months may get entries here in the future. One book I’ve read recently is the Miles Davis autobiography.

This book must hold the record for number of times the word “motherfucker” appears in print. But for Miles, the epithet is not negative – he reserves its use for things deserving high praise. Maybe not politically correct (and there’s a lot more in this book that might not be seen today as politically correct) but that’s Miles. What are you going to do about it? He’s always been his own person and gone his own way.

There’s no doubt that he is a towering figure in music. I bought the book after investigating the four albums he recorded for Prestige in the late 1950’s. Up until then I didn’t know he had written an autobiography. When I found out about it I wanted to read it.

There’s a lot in this autobiography. It  covers just about all of his life story (it was originally published a couple of years before he passed). And what a life he had. He really led the directions that jazz music took for decades and he talks about all of it in this book. I really enjoyed reading his recounting of his life journey and I learned a lot that I didn’t know about him and his music. Highly recommended, especially for jazz aficionados.