The blue moment : Miles Davis's Kind of blue and the remaking of modern music /

Discusses how jazz legend Miles Davis's seminal album "Kind of Blue" has changed both music and culture since its release in 1959, and explains how it influenced diverse artists such as Steve Reich and the Velvet Underground.

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Main Author: Williams, Richard, 1947-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : W. W. Norton, 2010.
Edition:1st American ed.
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Main Author:Williams, Richard, 1947-
Summary:Discusses how jazz legend Miles Davis's seminal album "Kind of Blue" has changed both music and culture since its release in 1959, and explains how it influenced diverse artists such as Steve Reich and the Velvet Underground.

"It is the most singular of sounds, yet among the most ubiquitous. It is the sound of isolation that has sold itself to millions." Miles Davis's Kind of Blue is the best-selling piece of music in jazz history and, for many listeners, among the most haunting works of the twentieth century. It is also, notoriously, the only jazz album many people own. Recorded in 1959 (in nine miraculous hours), there has been nothing like it since. Richard Williams's "richly informative" (The Guardian) history considers the album within its wider cultural context, showing how the record influenced such diverse artists as Steve Reich and the Velvet Underground.In the tradition of Alex Ross and Greil Marcus, the "effortlessly versatile" Williams (The Times) "connects these seemingly disparate phenomena with purpose, finesse and journalistic flair" (Financial Times), making masterly connections to painting, literature, philosophy, and poetry while identifying the qualities that make the album so uniquely appealing and surprisingly universal.

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General Notes:"First published in Great Britain in 2009 by Faber and Faber Ltd."
Physical Description:309 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-286) and index.
ISBN:9780393076639 (hardcover)
0393076636 (hardcover)