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Milestones: The Music And Times Of Miles Davis

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  85 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This invaluable biography of trumpeter and jazz-bebop-fusion innovator Miles Davis (1926–1991) includes a substantial new introduction that for the first time details Davis’s turbulent last decade; the drawing and painting that became an additional creative outlet; the musical lows of his final “Freaky Deaky” years; the family warfare that has erupted over his last will an ...more
Paperback, 838 pages
Published August 22nd 1998 by Da Capo Press (first published 1983)
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Tom Hammer
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I find that most biographies of musical greats tend to be obsequious love odes devoid of a true picture...not as bad as the self-serving bios, for the most part, but approaching that shade.

Chambers' work on the great Miles Davis isn't one of those. This is a biography, not a review of his musical work, not a critique of his discography or concerts, but an honest history of Miles Davis' life. If you want to know about the booze and heroin soaked bebop years in mid-town Manhattan or the "freaky-de
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Sean
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Ultimately, this book kind of pissed me off. It's certainly thorough, so there's that. But the writing is really dull. Chambers goes into excessive detail of every recording session ever, yet never manages to capture who Davis WAS. It's a lot of facts, and in many cases those facts are interesting, but you need more to make a compelling story. You need a PERSON at the center, and Miles never quite shows up in this book.

Another major problem is the way Chambers, though he tries hard to write in a
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Noah
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This exhaustive text is the definitive overview of Davis's music and his relationship to other musicians. It is an invaluable companion to the music itself. As a standard biography, however, it fails miserably, probably because the author had no intention of reviewing the basic biographical details of Davis's life. The book's subtitle is apt: it is about the "music" and the "times" but not really the "life" per se. If you want a biography, look elsewhere. If you want a thoughtful, sensitive sens ...more
Carlos Repuestodelatabla
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Milestones I & II is the first bio I read of Miles, and I liked it a lot. It was detailed, accurate, exhaustive. It was more about his life than his music ( see Ian Carr's for more concentration on the music) but it was thorough and well written, easy to read.
Craig Bryson
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Comprehensive overview of the life and music of Miles Dewey Davis.
Miles complained about people who were not there thinking they knew, but that doesn't stop this work from being totally engrossing- a nerds delight.
Philly Aesthete Brown
Flawed, but deeply engaging bio that deals substantively with Miles' creative output.
Dan
May 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music, biography
Chambers does a very thorough job of detailing Miles' career and making it feel present and real. I highly recommend this book to any fan of Miles Davis.
lucas
Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, music
this was a great biography.
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