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Miles on Miles
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Miles on Miles

Interviews and Encounters with Miles Davis

Edited by Paul Maher, Edited by Michael Dorr

Musicians in Their Own Words


352 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

Publication Date: November 2008

ISBN 9781556527067

Rights: WOR X UK, AU, NZ & IE

Chicago Review Press (Nov 2008)
Lawrence Hill Books

Price: $24.95


Up close and personal, words and thoughts from the man himself

Miles on Miles collects the thirty most vital Miles Davis interviews. Essential reading for anyone who wants to know what Miles Davis thought about his music, life, and philosophy, Miles on Miles reveals the jazz icon as a complex and contradictory man, secretive at times but extraordinarily revealing at others. Miles was not only a musical genius, but an enigma, and nowhere else was he so compelling, exasperating, and entertaining as in his interviews, which vary from polite to outrageous, from straight-ahead to contrarian. Even his autobiography lacks the immediacy of the dialogues collected here. Many were conducted by leading journalists like Leonard Feather, Stephen Davis, Ben Sidran, Mike Zwerin, and Nat Hentoff. Others have never before seen print, are newly transcribed from radio and television shows, or appeared in long-forgotten magazines. Since Miles Davis’s 1991 death, his influence has continued to grow. But until now, no book has brought back to life his inimitable voice--contemplative, defiant, elegant, uncompromising, and humorous. Miles on Miles will long remain the definitive source for anyone wanting to really encounter the legend in print.


"It's pleasurable to have [these interviews] in this one handy and thoughtfully edited volume." —Library Journal

"Here is Miles Davis's less familiar voice, his speaking voice. . . . Maher and Dorr gather together Davis's greatest hits in Q & A, and they make compelling reading."  —Jack Chambers, author, Milestones: The Music and Times of Miles Davis

"Most worthy . . . illustrative." —Jazztimes

"Effectively portrays what the editors call the 'myriad mirrors to his life.'" —Sacramento News & Review

"Miles [presented] in all his glory . . . fascinating." —

"Provides startling insight." —Star Tribune

"[A] telling book…gripping from beginning to end. You will not be able to put it down." —

"Everybody should read at least one book about Davis' life and music, and Miles on Miles is the perfect place to start." —Winston-Salem Journal

Author Biography

Paul Maher Jr. is the author of Jack Kerouac’s American Journey and Kerouac: His Life and Work and the editor of the critically acclaimed collection Empty Phantoms: Interviews and Encounters with Jack Kerouac. Michael K. Dorr is a poet, playwright, editor, former publisher, and founder of LitPub, Ink, a literary agency.