Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

Miles Back

“Look how many n—-s I got on stage with me.”

Hey, Mr. Davis. I asked you politely–

“I got so many n—-s that a couple of ’em ain’t even n—-s.”

–not to use that word.

“Got a Jew. Real Jewy Jew, too. Bagelfaced motherfucker.”


“And I got two Indians. The foreign Indians, not the ones from the movies. They playin’ Indian shit.”

It’s an enormous band.

“Who’s that bunch of hillbillies you listen to?”

The Grateful Dead.

“How many motherfuckers in that band?”

Anywhere from 5-8.

“Pussies. I’m thinkin’ about gettin’ four or five more motherfuckers. Maybe I’ll get some Eskimos. Are Eskimos real, or they some made-up white bullshit like leprechauns?”

They’re real, and they like to be called Inuit.

“It’s my band. I’ll call ’em snow-n—-s if I want.”

I’m so glad you lived when you did.

“Should be. I contributed to the fucking world, motherfucker.”

That, too.


  1. Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

    September 8, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Electric Miles!!!

  2. The 73-75 Miles Davis material is some of my all time favorite music. The seated guitarist, Pete Cosey, is simply a liquid bitch on guitar. The bass player, Michael Henderson, was Aretha’s touring bassist before Miles plucked him. Him & Al Foster are so in the pocket along with rhythm guitarist, Reggie Lucas. he later produced Madonna’s first LP. This is from the Dark Magus/Get Up With It period as the band has a 3 guitar lineup Dominique Gaumont. Dave Liebman is the Ron Bykowski of the group. I like the Sonny Fortune material better though Liebman is probably a more versatile player Here is a great clip from late 73 after Dominique Gaumont left

  3. The tablas player, Badal Roy, lived in my home town. He ran a travel agency in NYC during the day. Super nice guy.

  4. Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

    September 11, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Same tour, different day: Miles Davis live in Stockholm 1973

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