Last night, 9.00pm, presumably available on iPlayer if you missed it. A pretty good 2-hour summary of his life with lots of musical extracts and interviews. Not too hagiographic, managing to deal openly with the less pleasant sides of his character, but with a sense that his foul temper, violence and drug-taking might have been at least partly a result of the deeply unpleasant racial situation in the US for much of his life.
It reminded me just what a towering musical genius he was, and I’ve listened to some of my CDs of his for the first time in a while.
Musically he was an absolute giant of the twentieth century.
It always amuses me when people list pop groups as the biggest influence whereas Miles led the way. Always out in front and always dissatisfied with his own efforts.
Carlos Santana explained it well in the film. Harsh but true.
As to the other aspects of his character I’m sure nobody would defend him but many exceptionally gifted people often have major character defects which seem to be part of the territory.
The documentary, whilst not dwelling on his misogyny, did feature an interview with an ex-girlfriend who stated plainly that he beat her up. A hugely complicated individual (who isn’t?) who was an artistic genius but carried major flaws in his personality.
I think a major contributory factor regarding the behaviour of artists is their degree of exposure to the public gaze.
If any of us have a bad day in the office only a few people know about it.
If your latest album bombs everybody is aware, which must ratchet up the emotional pressure, hence the awful outbursts of behaviour we often see from successful people.
So you’re arguing that they beat their partners because of career choice pressure rather than they were just an abuser! An interesting argument, especially as many demonstrably had history long before any career choice pressure.
It’s generally not accepted that people in receipt of social security benefits have poverty as an explanation of their behaviour. I’ll be fascinated to learn of the evidence supporting the premise that the rich do.
Actually - apologies. I thought you meant Bryan Adams.
I know almost nothing about Bryan Adams - and literally nothing at all about Ryan Adams. Cue hazy memory of Robin Hood video.
My knowledge of pop music and pop culture is a big fat void.
And, thinking about it, yes, the concept of a genius is profoundly subjective, especially in the arts.
Except in the case of Miles Davis - now he is objectively a genius.
When you look up the word ‘Genius’ in the dictionary it has a picture of Miles - and obviously one of Einstein too for good measure.
They spent much of the time talking about his cars and clothes and his record companies and his love life.
The analysis of his musical development was really superficial and shoddy.
Overblown praise of the earlier classics, and they gave space to some really stupid comments about the amazing burst of creativity he was at the centre of from 69 to 75, including Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson, Dark Magus, Agartha, Pangaea, On the Corner, Get Up With it…