The Blue Moment : Miles Davis's Kind of Blue and the Remaking of Modern Music

Description

'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 the history of jazz, and for many listeners among the most haunting in all of twentieth-century music. 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. Its atmosphere - slow, dark, meditative, luminous - became all-pervasive for a generation, and has remained the epitome of melancholy coolness ever since. Richard Williams has written a history of the album which for once does not rip it out of its wider cultural context. He evokes the essence of the music - identifying the qualities that make it so uniquely appealing - while making effortless connections to painting, literature, philosophy and poetry. This makes for an elegant, graceful and beautifully-written narrative.

Details

Author(s)
Richard Williams
Format
Paperback | 320 pages
Dimensions
125 x 200 x 20mm | 256g
Publication date
01 Jul 2010
Publisher
FABER & FABER
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition statement
Main
ISBN10
0571245072
ISBN13
9780571245079
Bestsellers rank
84,431