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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (61 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Quincy Troupe Narrator: Richard Alle Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Quincy Troupe's candid account of his friendship with Miles Davis is a revealing portrait of a great musician and an intimate study of a unique relationship. It is also an engrossing chronicle of the author's own development, both artistic and personal. As Davis's collaborator on Miles: The Autobiography, Troupe - one of the major poets to emerge from the 1960s - had exceptional access to the musician. This memoir goes beyond the life portrayed in the autobiography to describe in detail the process of Davis's spectacular creativity and the joys and difficulties his passionate, contradictory temperment posed to the men's friendship. It shows how Miles Davis, both as a black man and an artist, influenced not only Quincy Troupe but whole generations.

Troupe has written that Miles Davis was irascible, contemptuous, brutally honest, ill-tempered when things didn't go his way, complex, fair-minded, humble, kind and a son-of-a-bitch. The author's love and appreciation for Davis make him a keen, though not uncritical, observer. He captures and conveys the power of the musician's presence, the mesmerizing force of his personality, and the restless energy that lay at the root of his creativity. He also shows Davis's lighter side: cooking, prowling the streets of Manhattan, painting, riding his horse at his Malibu home. Troupe discusses Davis's musical output, situating his albums in the context of the times - both political and musical - out of which they emerged.

Miles and Me is an unparalleled look at the act of creation and the forces behind it, at how the innovations of one person can inspire both those he knows and loves and the world at large. The book is published by University of California Press.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by R. Mark | 3/17/2012

    " This is a different view into the life of Miles Davis. The author tells things through his personal vision. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by robxyz | 11/3/2011

    " Per gli amanti del jazz, questo e' un libro fondamentale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ken | 8/23/2011

    " I was assigned Miles Davis to do as a report for a music appreciation class I took. I grabbed this book at the library for some quick insight into the guy and I was surprised with myself reading nearly all of it. The book was a great introduction to the man. It helped my report go over really well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tanya | 8/11/2011

    " Interesting, but only because troupe is obsessed with miles. "

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