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Miles: The Autobiography

Miles Davis

Top 10 Best Quotes

“It’s like, how did Columbus discover America when the Indians were already here? What kind of shit is that, but white people’s shit?”

“Knowledge is freedom and ignorance is slavery.”

“A lot of people ask me where music is going today. I think it's going in short phrases. If you listen, anybody with an ear can hear that. Music is always changing. It changes because of the times and the technology that's available, the material that things are made of, like plastic cars instead of steel. So when you hear an accident today it sounds different, not all the metal colliding like it was in the forties and fifties. Musicians pick up sounds and incorporate that into their playing, so the music that they make will be different.”

“Philly Joe was a bitch. If he'd been a lawyer and white, he would have been president of the United States, because in order to get there you gotta talk fast and carry a lot of bullshit with you; Philly had it all and a lot to spare.”

“But you've got to have style in whatever you do -- writing, music, painting, fashion, boxing, anything.”

“When I got into music I went all the way into music; I didn't have no time after that for nothing else.”

“Being rebellious and black, a nonconformist, being cool and hip and angry and sophisticated and ultra clean, whatever else you want to call it -- I was all those things and more. But I was playing the fuck out of my horn and had a great group, so I didn't get recognition based only on a rebel image.”

“See, music is about style.”

“Music is a funny thing when you really come to think about it.”

“Bad music is what will ruin music, not the instruments musicians choose to play.”

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