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Miles: The Autobiography
Miles (Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe).png
First edition cover
Author Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe
CountryUnited States
Subject Autobiography
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
Media typePrint
Awards American Book Award (1990)
ISBN 978-0-671-63504-6
OCLC 20015144
788.9/2165/092 B
LC ClassML419.D39 A3 1989

Miles: The Autobiography is the autobiography of American jazz musician Miles Davis. First published in 1989, the book was written by Davis with poet and journalist Quincy Troupe.


In 1985, Spin magazine hired Troupe to write an exclusive two-part interview with Miles Davis. [1] [2] The interview was published in the November 1985 and December 1985 issues of Spin. Davis showed great appreciation for Troupe's work, and Troupe was later contacted by Simon & Schuster to sign on as co-author for Davis's autobiography. [3]


Publishers Weekly wrote, "On almost any score, this is a remarkable book." [4]

Writing for The Atlantic, Francis Davis felt that "the book is so successful in capturing Davis's voice", but nonetheless criticized Davis as being "peacock vain" and criticizing his "contemptible" treatment of women. [5]

It won an American Book Award in 1990. [6]


  1. ^ Troupe, Quincy (September 28, 2019). "Miles Davis: Our 1985 Interview". Spin. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  2. ^ Troupe, Quincy (September 28, 2019). "Miles Davis: Our 1985 Interview, Part 2". Spin. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  3. ^ Troupe, Quincy (March 8, 2000). Miles and Me. University of California Press. p. 39. ISBN  978-0-520-92906-7.
  4. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Miles, the Autobiography by Miles Davis, Author, Quincy Troupe". Publishers Weekly. September 1, 1989. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  5. ^ Davis, Francis (January 1990). "The Book on Miles". The Atlantic. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  6. ^ [1] Archived November 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine