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Miles Davis and American Culture

Miles Davis and American Culture examines Davis in cultural context. In this new collection of a dozen essays, William Kenney explores the St. Louis jazz scene of Davis’s youth; Eugene B. Redmond looks at East St. Louis’s cultural history; Ingrid Monson examines Davis and civil rights; and Waldo Martin discusses Davis and his relation to the black avant-garde of the 1960s.Original interviews and classic photographs round out the volume, published to coincide with the 2001 Miles Davis Festival, celebrating what would have been Davis’s seventy-fifth birthday.


240 pages | 50 illus | 6 x 9 | © 2001  


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Table of Contents

The art of the muscle: Miles Davis as American knave
Gerald Early

Just before Miles: jazz in St. Louis, 1926-1944
William Howland Kenney

"I just adored that man"
An interview with Quincy Jones

"So what"(?) ... it's "all blues" anyway: an anecdotal/jazzological tour of Milesville
Eugene B. Redmond

"He's Miles ahead"
An interview with George Avakian

Miles and the jazz critics
John Gennari

"Sensational pulse"
An interview with Ahmad Jamal

Miles, politics, and image
Ingrid Monson

"Any direction he chose"
An interview with Ron Carter

Miles Davis and the 1960s avant-garde
Waldo E. Martin Jr.

From Kind of blue to Bitches brew
Quincy Troupe

"It's about that time": the response to Miles Davis's electric turn
Eric Porter

Miles Davis and the double audience
Martha Bayless

"Here's God walking around"
An interview with Joey DeFrancesco

Ladies sing Miles
Farah Jasmine Griffin

Remembering Miles in St. Louis: a conclusion
Benjamin Cawthra

Appendix 1. Playboy interview with Alex Haley
Appendix 2. Chronology.

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