Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Not Comfort of Miles

P.S. This week I learned MORE about Miles Davis. He treated women like shit. He beat his wives and was psychologically cruel.

I'm still looking forward to exploring his music, but this information definitely taints things for me. Kinda like how I don't think if I'll ever watch Braveheart without thinking of how messed up Mel Gibson is. And I don't think I'll be able to listen to Sketches of Spain without thinking about how Miles made his wife give up her dancing career to follow him around, and how she finally had to divorce him because when he started doing cocaine, "the violence got to be too much." In other words, he started to beat her up MORE than he was already beating her up.


  1. What spelunking class is this for?

  2. Dr. Boyd's "Birth of the Cool." It looks at the emergence of the original concept of "cool" as an anti-establishment / pro- individual type attitude after the end of WW2, moving into the mid sixties, at which time the concept of cool itself started it's journey of appropriation by the man. Mile's Davis' music serves as a kind of timeline to measure the other stuff against...It's an interesting class. I dig it.

  3. That class sounds cool, in a totally-not-appropriated-by-the-Man kind of way.

  4. Anonymous7:17 PM

    you gotta let a playa play, B