Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History
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blues musician arrived on a riverboat, including Jelly Roll Morton and the young Louis Armstrong. And still, the violent racial intolerance that could be found in the Deep South also made its mark. One of the earliest known photographs of Miles Davis performing onstage, circa 1947. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images 11 001-067_04549.indd 11 TEXT Job:04549 Title: #194768 Miles Davis (MBI) Page:11 7/23/12 9:07 AM Postcard views of East St. Louis, Illinois. F rom an early age Miles
also be challenged in unexpected new ways, such as being asked to record the soundtrack to a movie of a new kind. Miles never cared much about the soundtrack he provided to Louis Malle’s Ascenseur pour l’échafaud because the movie was never big in the United States. According to most of the people who • CHAPTER THREE 068-119_04549.indd 82 TEXT Job:04549 Title: #194768 Miles Davis (MBI) Page:82 7/23/12 9:13 AM “Juliette was probably the first woman that I loved as an equal human being. . .
Sinclair/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images ABOVE: Handbill, Pease Auditorium, ypsilanti, Michigan, February 10, 1973. Designer: Gary Grimshaw Bitches Brew and Beyond 1969–1974 • 165 120-175_04549.indd 165 TEXT Job:04549 Title: #194768 Miles Davis (MBI) Page:165 7/23/12 9:22 AM Poster, Paramount Northwest, Portland, Oregon, April 4, 1973. Chick Corea, Miles, and Dave Holland play at ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London for the BBC “Jazz Scene” TV show on November 2, 1969. David
in, but Miles withdrew into solipsism. Lovers came and went while he dedicated his creative energies to directing orgies, his physical frailty reducing him to an impotent voyeur. By late 1976, disco and funk, heavy metal and punk, were the big black and white music forms and none of them owed much to jazz. For the first time in his long career, Miles Davis found himself irrelevant. Rumors spread about “Miles the Recluse” and many wondered if he would ever emerge to make music again. Not that this
most of the material, with Duke providing one tune. This time, LiPuma allowed for a variety of jazz musicians to guest on sessions while Miles’ painted self-portrait adorned the cover. Amandla is competent, if rather flat, and was received as such. During recording, Miles collapsed with bronchial pneumonia and, disregarding doctors’ advice that he retire from touring, he returned to the road. The year 1989 also saw the publication of Miles: The Autobiography. As a memoir it is frustrating. Miles