Miles Davis - June 1970 - Photographs by Glen Craig

"Miles Davis said to me 'Everything you write and shoot be sure to say the most important thing in music is intelligence and expanding the mind, these kids are smart and they have to be treated that way musically they must think and grow with music - not to be stiffed and played down to - this is what I am doing. I will play until I am dead that’s the way it should be.' Miles Davis was among the most aware artists I'd shot at that point. He had a fashion & style sense and a visual orientation and seemed to understand the potential of a good photo." -- Glen Craig

But Glen doesn't think his music business background was a factor in Columbia Records decision to tap him for the role of the photographer. "It had everything to do with the fact if [Miles] trusted me; that I was not a nuisance; that I can move around in a sensitive recording session or a live performance and not trip over cables on the floor" To BLEND INTO THE WOODWORK he says.

Craig got the job, he was one of the few trusted photographers Miles allowed to document his life during his activities in the month of June 1970. From workouts in Gleason's Gym, to the recording studio and around town, to backstage during concerts at the Fillmore East and Central Park in NYC, Craig was allowed into the inner circle of the music legend, and now almost fifty years later, brings us these Miles Davis prints and photos remember the jazz giant during this precious snapshot of time.


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