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Miles Davis

Jazz Musician (26-May-1926 — 28-Sep-1991)


Gary Carner (editor). The Miles Davis Companion: Four Decades of Commentary. Music Sales Limited. 1996. 274pp.

Ian Carr. Miles Davis: A Biography. New York: William Morrow. 1982. Later released as The Definitive Biography.

Jack Chambers. Milestones: The Music and Times of Miles Davis. New York: William Morrow. 1983-85. (2 vols.) 345pp. + 416pp. Volume I, to 1960. Volume II, since 1960.

George Cole. The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991. Equinox Publishing. 2005. 608pp.

Richard Cook. It's About That Time: Miles Davis On and Off Record. Atlantic Books. 2005. 448pp.

Gerald Lyn Early. Miles Davis and American Culture. Missouri Historical Society Press. 2001. 200pp.

Phil Freeman. Running the Voodoo Down: The Electric Music of Miles Davis. Backbeat Books. 2005. 300pp.

Lex Giel. The Music of Miles Davis: A Study and Analysis of Compositions and Solo Transcriptions from the Great Jazz Composer and Improviser. Hal Leonard Publishing. 2002. 320pp.

Scott Gutterman. The Art of Miles Davis. New York: Prentice-Hall. 1991. 89pp.

Michael James. Miles Davis. London: Cassell. 1961.

Chris Murphy. Miles to Go: Remembering Miles Davis. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press. 2002.

Eric Nisenson. The Making of Kind of Blue: Miles Davis and His Masterpiece. New York: St. Martin's Press. 2000. 236pp.

Eric Nisenson. Round About Midnight: A Portrait of Miles Davis. New York: Dial Press. 1982.

Richard Stevenson. Live Evil: A Homage to Miles Davis. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada: Thisltedown Press. 2000. 174pp.

John F. Szwed. So What: The Life of Miles Davis. New York: Simon & Schuster. 2002. 488pp.

Paul Tingen. Miles Beyond: The Electric Explorations of Miles Davis, 1967-1991. New York: Billboard Books. 2001.

Ken Vail (editor). Miles' Diary: The Life of Miles Davis, 1947-1961. Chester, NY: Music Sales Corp.. 1997. 184pp.

Richard Williams. Miles Davis: The Man in the Green Shirt. New York: Henry Holt and Company. 1993. 192pp.


  1. The Sorcerer of Jazz
    by Adam Shatz. New York Review of Books, 29-Sep-2016.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Wikipedia [link]

  5. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  6. Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (p.179)

  7. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.168)

  8. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.393)

  9. Webster's American Biographies (p.258)

  10. Celebrity Register 3rd Issue (p.131)

  11. Celebrity Register 4th Issue (p.124)

  12. The Oxford Dictionary of Music (p.222)

  13. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.177)

  14. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th Edition (p.219)

  15. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.138)

  16. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.1, pp.661-63)

  17. Legends in Their Own Time (p.62)

  18. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.344)

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