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Miles on Miles: Interviews and Encounters with Miles Davis

Miles on Miles: Interviews and Encounters with Miles Davis


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Gathering the 30 most vital Miles Davis interviews—on his music, his life, and his philosophy—this collection reveals the jazz icon as a complex and contradictory man, secretive at times but extraordinarily revealing at others. Miles was not only a musical genius, but an enigma, and nowhere else was he so compelling, exasperating, and entertaining as he was in his interviews, which vary from polite to outrageous, from straight-ahead to contrarian. Many were conducted by leading journalists like Leonard Feather, Stephen Davis, Ben Sidran, Mike Zwerin, and Nat Hentoff; while others have never before been printed, and are newly transcribed from radio and television shows—making this the definitive source for anyone wanting to really encounter the legend in print.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641604673
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/15/2021
Series: Musicians in Their Own Words
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Paul Maher Jr. is the author of  Tom Waits on Tom WaitsJack Kerouac’s American Journey, and Kerouac: His Life and Work. He lives in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Michael K. Dorr is a poet, playwright, editor, former publisher, and founder of LitPub, Ink, a literary agency. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

November 26. 1957-"Self-Portrait by Mites Davis"

Interviewer George Avakian, Columbia Records Publicity 9

December 1958-"An Afternoon with Mites Davis"

Interviewer Nat Hentoff. The Jazz Review 13

August 1964-"Miles Davis: Winner Take Alt"

Interviewer Lionel Olay, Cavalier 21

January 22. 1968-"I Don't Have to Hold the Audience's Hand"

Interviewer Arthur Taylor, from Notes and Tones: Musician-to-Musician Interviews 35

May 1969-"The Miles Davis: A Semi-Affectionate Reminiscence"

Interviewer John Palcewski, Cavalier 45

1969-"Talking to Les Tompkins"

Interviewer Les Tompkins, Crescendo 55

March 23, 1970-"Miles of Music"

Interviewer Hubert Saal, Newsweek 67

May 26, 1970-"A National Treasure"

By Al Aronowitz, 73

September 1970-"Faded Blue Flowers"

By Al Aronowitz, 81

November 27, 1971-"The Unmasking of Miles Davis"

Interviewer Chris Albertson, Saturday Review 89


Interviewer: Leonard Feather, from From Satchmo to Miles 99

March 21, 1973-"My Ego Only Needs a Good Rhythm Section"

Interviewer: Stephen Davis, The Real Paper 131

1975-"Interview at Northern Illinois University"

Interviewer: Jimmy Saunders 149

Late 1976 / Early 1977-"At the Movies with Miles"

By Mary Bringle (April 2007) 155

Late 1970s-"Hangin" Out with Daffy Davis"

By Eric Nisenson, preface from 'Round About Midnight: A Portrait of Miles Davis (Updated Edition, 1996) 157

August 3, 1980-"Miles Davis's House-Telephone Interview, N.Y.C."

Interviewer: Kishur Manwar, originally broadcast on "Miles Beyond" for KWMU-FM, Washington University 173

June 28, 1981-"I Just Pick Up My Horn and Play"

Interviewer: George Goodman Jr., New York Times 185

March 1982-"The Man with the Horn"

Interviewer: Cheryl McCall, Musician 193

Circa Mid-1980s-Excerpts from "Three Anonymous Interviews"

Interviewers: Unknown 223

September 29, 1983-"Searching for Miles: Theme and Variations on the Life of a Trumpeter"

Interviewer: David Breskin, Rolling Stone 225

January 1986-"Miles Davis"

Interviewer: Ben Sidran, from Talking Jazz: An Oral History-43 Jazz Conversations 239

May 1986-"Lightening Up with the Prince of Darkness"

Interviewer: Nick Kent, from The Dark Stuff: Selected Writings on Rock Music 253

October 1987-"Miles Davis: The Picasso of Invisible Art"

Interviewer: Robert L. Doerschuk, Keyboard 271

December 20, 1987-Excerpts from VH1's Video Hits 1: New Visions Disk Jockey Show

Guest DJs: Miles Davis, David Sanborn, and Joe "Foley" McCreary. VH1 289

May 1989-"Miles Davis: Rebel Without a Pause"

Interviewer: Peter Watrous, Musician 297

April 9, 1998-"The Prince of Silence"

Interviewer: Mike Zwerin, International Herald Tribune 309

July 23, 1998-"Miles the Painter: Colorful Flowing Lines"

Interviewer: Mike Zwerin, International Herald Tribune 317

August 5, 1998-"Miles the Movie Star-Dingo"

Interviewer: Mike Zwerin, International Herald Tribune 323

Acknowledgments 327

Permissions 329

Index 331

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