Thursday, September 29, 2011

Quote of a Lifetime


"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, after she asked what he'd done to merit an invitation

Is this quote for real? Who the hell knows, but I'd really like to imagine it is.

Yesterday marked 20 years since Miles's death and, in case you haven't noticed, things just haven't been the same without him.

Here's Miles and Coltrane -- So What.

9 comments:

pea said...

Holy jebus. Temple of the Dog and Miles in the same week? You're a man after my own hard drive.

Matt said...

I so hope that is a true quote. Every time I saw Nancy on TV, I wanted to run and grab a snakebite kit. Not sure why, but she always freaked me out.

IrishGirl said...

Oh what I would have given to be a birdie on Nancy Reagan's shoulder during THAT conversation.....teehee!

Al said...

Brilliant to be sure, but I still prefer Ministry's version.

Thomas B said...

What's Ministry's version, Al?

kanye said...

Pretty lazy fucking journalism on the part of The Guardian. It took me all of 15 seconds to find the actual quote, although I did remember it from the documentary that it came from.

“I’ve changed music four or five times. What have you done of any importance other than be white?”

He wasn't addressing Nancy Reagan, either.

Chez said...

It sounded like bullshit, but you're right... The Guardian. Jesus.

pea said...

Ha. I used to know the douche that wrote that Guardian piece. He's always been a pretentious twat who didn't work very hard for his money. He used to spell his first name Jonh, and he borrowed his last name from Oscar. QED.

Al said...

@ThomasB - They have a song called "So What"...it's just slightly different, less brass/woodwinds and more...Ministry.