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BOOK: Miles Davis and American Culture, edited by Gerald Early. Foreword by Clark Terry. Publisher: Missouri Historical Society Press. Distributed by Univ. of Missouri Press.
I have just begun to read this book and would invite others who have or will read the book to share your comments.
If you get to St. Louis before the first week in March, be sure to visit the Miles Davis exhibition,"Miles:A Miles Davis Retrospective" at the Missouri Historical Society in Forest Park. I recently had the pleasant experience of touring the exhibition(takes 2 hours),listening to Miles' musical transition from "cool" to "acoustic soul" and learning a great deal about this musical genius in the cultural and historical context of his lifetime that transgressed the life changing events from the mid-1920s to his death in 1991. The exhibition is as much about the African American experience during these times, particularly in East St. Louis, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri, as it is about Miles. Whether you are a jazz devotee or African American historian, you will enjoy the exhibition. The book referenced above is edited by a well-known St. Louis professor of African American studies and elaborates on material covered in the exhibit. You can purchase the book from the Missouri Historical Society, www.mohistory.org.