Re: RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled jazz

From: John Williams (
Date: 29 Nov 2001

Mark Sullivan wrote:
> Didn't Miles Davis also do some pimping (and heroin)? Does he write
> much about it in his autobiography?
MIles' autobiog is a very tough read, and makes no attempt to portray the author as remotely likable. There's certainly plenty of heroin use. I don't recall out and out pimping, though it's a tough call as to whether Miles was more a misogynist or simply a misanthropist. One interesting linguistic sidelight is that Miles makes abundantly clear that the word 'motherfucker'
(possibly the most used word in the book) is at root a synonym for 'white man' which kind of explains it's enduring power.


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