Miles & Me: Miles Davis, the man, the musician, and his friendship with the journalist and poet Quincy Troupe

October 31, 2020
Miles & Me: Miles Davis, the man, the musician, and his friendship with the journalist and poet Quincy Troupe

An intimate story of Miles Davis, the man, the musician,and his friendship with the young journalist and poet QuincyTroupe—soon to be a major motion picture.Poet, activist and journalist Quincy Troupe's candid account ofhis friendship with Miles Davis is a revealing portrait of a greatmusician and an engrossing chronicle of the author's own artisticand personal growth. Miles and Me describes in intimate detail thesometimes harrowing processes of Davis's spectacular creativity andthe joys and travails Davis's passionate and contradictorytemperament posed to the two men's friendship. Miles and Me showshow Miles Davis, both as an artist and as a black man, influencedTroupe and whole generations of Americans while forever changingthe face of jazz.In 1985, Spin magazine hired Troupe to do an exclusive two-partinterview with the by-then legendary jazz artist Davis. Thehour-and-a-half scheduled interview stretched to ten hours. Afterit was published, Davis was so enamored of Troupe and the interviewthat he finally relented to a major publisher's request that hewrite his autobiography under the condition that they could getQuincy Troupe to write it. Miles: The Autobiography became aninstant bestseller and opened up the entire field of popular musicautobiography.Years later, Quincy went back to his notes of his time withMiles that had been so important to them both, and produced thismore intimate book, Miles and Me, told from his side of theirfriendship.Miles and Me takes us from St. Louis, where both men grew up, toNew York, where both men lived, to Malibu where Miles also kept ahome. Troupe also takes us through the entire catalogue of Davis'srecordings. Troupe calls his friend "irascible, contemptuous,brutally honest, ill-tempered when things didn't go his way,complex, fair-minded, humble, kind, and a son-of-a-bitch."The author's love and appreciation infuses Miles and Me with arare quality of grace, and at the same time, throughout the book,Troupe's observations of his friend are keen, sometimes hilariouslyfunny, and truthful, as he knows Miles would want him to be.