This magazine format was truly ideal for this deeply personal interview with jazz legend, Miles Davis. Playboy magazines is well-known for its history of publishing stories/interviews with people whom share notable personalities. The benefits of this publication/formatting out-weigh the benefits on other printed platforms such as newspapers. Firstly, magazines are meant to catch the eye by implementing colourful, high-quality imagery, along with other smart business strategies such as marketing (targeting a specific demographic, or even the geographical advantages such as distribution possibilities). Combining the benefits of a high-quality publishing medium, and a powerful interview with a renowned, yet seemingly controversial Jazz musician creates an overall emotional, deeply personal and insightful design for the reader.
The interview with Miles Davis revealed many of his traits and personal beliefs. For example, when Davis spoke about certain performance etiquettes he spoke in a manner that was realistic and mildly humbling. He disregards critics because he personally believes he is his own toughest critic.
“Look, man, all I am is a trumpet player. I only can do one thing — play my horn — and that’s what’s at the bottom of the whole mess. I ain’t no entertainer, and ain’t trying to be one. I am one thing, a musician. Most of what’s said about me is lies in the first place. Everything I do, I got a reason.”
In the time of the interview, Davis also spoke about the overall dynamic within the U.S. in relations to political agendas and providing an excellent personal input on race and prejudice. There was a particular question which really grasped the overall response. Haley asked of Davis’ thoughts and feelings of race and the jazz musicians’ response was priceless… He stated that “I hate to talk about what I think of the mess because my friends are all colors. When I say that some of my best friends are white, I sure ain’t lying.”
“This whole prejudice mess is something you would feel so good if it could just be got rid of, like a big sore eating inside of your belly.”
Throughout the interview, the questions asked were well-prepared and flowing. I think that the questions raised were appropriate in a way that allowed Davis to address certain issues and reveal other personal beliefs. Haley’s broad range of questions were structured in a way which permitted Davis to speak openly and extensively without any interruption. The focus on the interview was really about Davis and what he had to say. The purpose of this interview, I believe, was to allow such an influential character in the music world to openly speak about surrounding societal issues, and traditional performance standards (jazz vs classical etiquette), all in which revealed Davis’ unique character.
Link to Review: http://www.erenkrantz.com/Music/MilesDavisInterview.shtml
- Haley, Alex. Miles Davis – a candid conversation with the jazz world’s premier iconoclast. September, 1962. Accessed March 13, 2017.
- Nastasi, Alison. 10 of the Most Fascinating ‘Playboy’ Interviews. August 31, 2013. Accessed March 16, 2017. http://flavorwire.com/412697/10-of-the-most-fascinating-playboy-interviews