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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,778 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Miles Davis Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781609987824
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Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life.

Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence, he speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it, he condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society in general, and he discusses the women in his life. But above all, Miles talks about music and musicians, including the legends he has played with over the years: Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Trane, Mingus, and many others.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Superior jazz writing that ranks with that of the best practitioners of the art.”

    Ishmael Reed

  • “This is not just any book. As with everything else he has done, Davis’s work as writer is likely to raise controversy. The book could well be subtitled ‘Miles Tells All’ for this volume is crammed with juicy gossip about most of the key figures in modern jazz.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “This is not just any book…This volume is crammed with juicy gossip about most of the key figures in modern jazz.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “With Miles, Davis proves to be his own most perceptive critic.”

    Atlantic

  • “[Miles] was and is the master, and his book is must reading for any student or fan of music.”

    Clive Davis, president of Arista Records

  • “Dion Graham mimics the raspy, gravelly voice of jazz great Miles Davis to perfection…This epic story of one of the world’s greatest musicians intrigues and engrosses from first page to last, greatly aided by the sure talents of Graham.”

    AudioFile

  • “In this compelling oral history of the life of the legendary and creative jazz trumpeter, Graham channels Davis in a reading that is so natural and true that we feel as if we are hearing the story from Davis himself…The emphasis is on the music, and the narrative leaves no doubt about Davis’ genius and his ability to adapt to changes and perform at the top of his skills. Graham’s stellar performance of this 1989 biography will captivate.”

    Booklist (starred audio review)

  • An AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Overn | 2/20/2014

    " one of the funniest books i have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 2/12/2014

    " This lengthy autobiography is comprehensive, honest, and defensive. What's not to like? It takes you through five decades of jazz music and lets you in on the lifestyle of the musicians who made jazz a national asset to our country. It's longwinded, and perhaps one-sided, but it begs you for forgiveness the whole time. As for the main character, Miles Davis was not a prototypical street musician who got by on pure talent. He was well-educated, wealthy, and driven to succeed at trumpet like nobody else. Most people agree that he achieved his goals. It's the path he travelled that makes this an interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd Schneider | 2/9/2014

    " You NEED to read this. An incredible life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hans | 2/2/2014

    " miles gave the history o Jazz "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 chris rigo | 1/25/2014

    " For any fans of any type of music, jazz/bebop or otherwise. Opens a door to the old school way of playing gigs and living the "starving/junkie artist" life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fabio | 1/23/2014

    " Are you fascinated by Jazz? Then hear the whole story directly from the greatest - Miles Davis. From Parker to Gillespie, Coltrane, Shorter, Evans, Zawinul, Corea, Jarret, Hancock, Williams...he played with them all, and discovered the greatest, most talented jazzmen of all time. He invented cool jazz, jazz rock, fusion, in a span of time (from the '40 to the '90) no other artis has ever crossed with such clearness of vision and innovative power. Extremely funny at times, but also tragic and poetic, in this book Miles speaks his mind and opens his heart without reserves of any kind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 1/18/2014

    " This was an exciting book... so exciting I questioned if what I was reading was fact or fiction much of the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Waceted | 1/15/2014

    " One of my all time favorites. A colloquial, briliiant life story of the greatest jazzman/bandleader of all time (in my opinion). I love his insights into each of his bands and eras. He uses "Motherfucker" like most use "The". The quickest read of my life. ABSOLUTELY CLASSIC! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Peyton | 12/13/2013

    " Miles Davis was a dick and this book does a good job of showing that. Other then that, it's a pretty good read for anyone interested in learning more about the artist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam Szczepanski | 12/8/2013

    " Poor grammar and racist undertones made this book unbearable past my mandatory page 100. Two stars just on the merit of Davis' music an the insight this book could provide. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 12/7/2013

    " Miles Davis drops the F-bomb frequently. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tishon | 12/6/2013

    " this book made me understand what jazz is all about. not to mention, miles was just the coolest motherfucker around. he wasn't perfect but he doesn't pretend to be. the best biography i've read to date and one my favorite books, period. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trish | 11/22/2013

    " don't bother...sort of interesting, but very difficult to follow "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryota | 11/21/2013

    " Strong story in simple and rhythmical English. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 10/20/2013

    " A favorite autobiography of mine. It could have been called "Fun and Misery With Heroin, Cocaine and Jazz." The history of jazz, this book is a motherfucker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 8/16/2013

    " Like an alternate history of the twentieth century. Miles was there and tells it like it is. A great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stuart.teicherhotmail.com | 6/30/2013

    " So much name dropping. It seemed like a catalog of band mates and recording sessions. I'm a big fan of his music and I think he was a musical genius, but the book was a tough read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E Ulett | 4/29/2013

    " Fascinating life, amazing music, but what a jerk! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 12/30/2012

    " Required reading for anyone with a serious interest in jazz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian Fiddes | 12/13/2012

    " 9/10. Frank account of an amazing life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob the Obscure | 10/2/2012

    " If you are interested in Miles and his music, please read this. Be ready for frank examples of Miles' sexism, strong reactions to racism, very well-developed ego, and tendancy to take credit for things which should have been given to others. I love Miles...but Miles is Miles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 8/18/2012

    " Gets the trophy for most uses of the word "Motherfucker" of any book ever published. Becomes almost rhythmic, eventually. A fascinating life, beautifully rendered - I can't think of too many autobios that are as unafraid to be as hard on themselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana | 8/2/2012

    " Effervescent and mesmerizing: Miles birthing himself the fiction of his legendary life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Abraham | 3/14/2012

    " The only book I know to use the word 'motherfucker' on every page. Often multiple times within a sentence. Often with a different meaning for each usage. And I thought Miles only had a gift for the horn.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/8/2012

    " Sometimes I like to open this book to a random page and see if I can find the word "motherfucker." I don't think I've failed yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emon Hassan | 3/3/2012

    " You can see, feel, hear, and almost touch Miles! "

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About the Author
Author Miles Davis

Miles Davis (1926–1991), is one of the key figures in the history of jazz, and his place in vanguard of that pantheon is secure. As a trumpeter Davis was far from virtuosic, but he made up for his technical limitations by emphasizing his strengths: his ear for ensemble sound, unique phrasing, and a distinctively fragile tone. Drugs were prevalent on the club scene in this era, and by 1949 he had become a heroine addict. His disease kept his career in low gear until he cleaned up six years later, after which he collaborated with other musicians and formed numerous groups that went on to make highly acclaimed music. It is hard to overstate Davis’ contributions to jazz. In 1990 he received the Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and jazz and rock musicians continue to regularly gather and record or perform pieces from Davis’ cannon. 

About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of fifteen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.