Books

Reading Bitches Brew

This entry is part of 13 in the series Bitches Brew

This entry is part of 13 in the series Bitches BrewTonight: I’ll be reading from Bitches Brew at WORD Bookstore in Greenpoint—I’m sharing the event with Bryan C. Parker, who is bring his own 33 1/3 book on Beat Happening, and series editor Ally-Jane Grossan will be hosting. We’ll be spinning some music, and there(…)

WORD to You M*****f*****

This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series Bitches Brew

This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series Bitches BrewThe big show is this Thursday, 5 November, at WORD Brooklyn bookstore: 33 1/3 will be presenting Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and Bryan C. Parker’s Beat Happening. There will be talk, music, and trivia, and series editor Ally-Jane Grossan will announce the next books(…)

Modern Miles

This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series Bitches Brew

This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series Bitches Brew(The following is an adapted excerpt from Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, published 22 October by Bloomsbury Academic. Buy it from a bookstore near you, or order from Amazon) Bitches Brew is a great work of abstract music inside the sounds, beats, and riffs of(…)

Talking Bitches Brew

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Bitches Brew

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Bitches BrewLast week, I sat down for an interview with boice-Terrel Allen (he took that snazzy picture of me with Elvis Costello) for his excellent Talk Music with boice podcast, and talked about Bitches Brew, the album and the book, and how I got to(…)

Master Brew

This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series Bitches Brew

This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series Bitches Brew Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, by yours truly, drops one week from today—22 October. You’ll be able to pick it up at any well-stocked bookstore in your area (here’s a list of bookstores that carry the series, although there are certainly book sellers who(…)

Join The Club

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series Bitches Brew

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series Bitches BrewOver at 333sounds, my editor announced that there will be a new open call for book proposals, with notice and guidelines going up at the end of June, and proposals dues in early August. Time to get your shit together. Series Update/Open Call News/You’ll(…)

A Bitches Brew Reading List

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Bitches Brew

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Bitches BrewI’m of course personally excited to be writing the 33 1/3 book on Bitches Brew, and on the most selfish level it’s the perfect reason to either reread my favorite books on Miles or else read ones that are new to me, for information,(…)

It Is In The Brewing Luminous: “Bitches Brew” Buying Guide

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Bitches Brew

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Bitches BrewUPDATE: Now that I’m writing a book on this album, it’s an ideal time to revisit and revise this previous post from way back when, four years ago, at the 40th anniversary of the release of Bitches Brew. The most important new information is(…)

So … I’m Writing a Book: Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew”

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Bitches Brew

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Bitches Brew I’m excited to be able to announce that Bloomsbury and 33 1/3 Books have accepted my proposal for a book in their series on Miles Davis’ essential and enduring album Bitches Brew. This is a topic I’ve had grinding and stewing in my(…)

The Heart Beats Not for Thee

Perhaps the true measure and quality of greatness in Cage is that his life and work ignore such thinking, letting it pass like the breeze. The best art doesn’t offer answers, it asks probing, fascinating questions. It is antithetical to this value to think that one thing is the answer to all things in Cage, when his achievement lies on a spectrum that, in maturity, begins with tossing coins and continues to question after question after question, leaving us to explore what answers might lie inside ourselves.