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Well, I’ve changed the course of music five or six times. What have you done except fuck the president?

Miles Davis to Nancy Reagan at a White House dinner in 1987 after she’d inquired as to what he’d done with his life to merit an invitation. source. (via theblacksophisticate)


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Ouuuu…He went there! And there’s a receipt above to prove it

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This a bit of an urban legend. It conflates two separate events. Here are two excerpts from Miles Davis’ biography.

[President] Reagan was nice to us, respectful and everything. But Nancy is the one who has the charm between those two. She seemed like a warm person. She greeted me warmly and I kissed her hand. She liked that. P. 378

At the table where I was sitting, a politician’s wife said some silly shit about jazz, like “Are we supporting this art form just because it’s here in this country, and it is art in its truest form, are we just being blasé and ignoring jazz because it comes from here and not from Europe, and it comes from black people.”

 This came from out of the blue. I don’t like questions like that because they’re just questions from someone who’s trying to sound intelligent, when in fact they don’t give a damn about it. I looked at her and said, “What is it? Jazz time or something? Why you ask me some shit like that?”

So she said, “Well, you’re a jazz musician, aren’t you?”

So I said, “I’m a musician, that’s all” […] “Do you really want to know why jazz music isn’t given the credit in this country?” […] “Jazz is ignored here because the white man likes to win everything. White people like to see other white people win just like you do and they can’t win when it comes to jazz and blues because black people created this. And so when we play in Europe, white people over there appreciate us because they know who did what and they will admit it. But most white Americans won’t.”

 She looked at me and turned all red and shit, and then she said, “Well, what have you done that’s so important in your life? Why are you here?”

 Now, I just hate shit like this coming from someone who is ignorant, but who wants to be hip and has forced you into a situation where you’re talking to them in this manner. She brought this on herself. So then I said, “Well, I changed music five or six times, so I guess that’s what I’ve done and I guess I don’t believe in playing just white compositions.” I looked at her real cold and said, “Now, tell me what have you done of any importance other than being white, and that ain’t important to me, so tell me what your claim to fame is?”



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Hey thanks for posting this! I always thought that version that gets circulated all the time sounded like total made up bullshit to me. The real version of events make Miles look way better anyway.

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