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Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis

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(Book). Dark Magus is a warts-and-all look at the real Miles Davis. As told by his son, this book strips away the public perception of Davis and gets down to the realities of his personality, his relationships, and his many quirks. Dark Magus details this enigmatic superstar's Jekyll and Hyde behavior: his swings between sobriety and prodigious drug use; his tender family ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 30th 2006 by Backbeat Books (first published November 2006)
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Karl
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gregory Davis is the son of Miles Davis. In his book "Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis" he gives us an inside look at the darker side of Miles, the heroine and cocaine addiction., his uneven temper, leaving the reader with the thought that , It's not easy being and artist and famous.

I believe that Gregory was written out of Miles Davis's will by other members of the family, so there might be some sour grapes in paradise.
Chris Craddock
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is by Gregory Davis and gives an interesting look at Miles as a father. He is kind of a Dr Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, kicking heroin only to become hooked on cocaine in later years. Gregory, his son, was his bodyguard, but other family members saw him as a co-dependent, or an enabler. They conspired to cut him out of the will, and the book is somewhat marred by bitterness. Still, it gives you a closer look at a true musical genius.
Heather Boaz ( mlleboaz.bibliophile)
Unfortunately, I was incredibly disappointed in the writing--so much so that I found if distracting. It is true that some charming and otherwise unheard anecdotes are related, but there is a lot of repetition, circling back and excuses. I felt a lot of it was an apology and defense of whatever the author felt happened between him and his father. Not the best insight into the artist that was Miles.
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