Thoughts On The Dead

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

Miles To Go Before I Sleep



“Mr. Davis. We ain’t been introduced.”

Mr. Davis. What are you doing here?

“Whatever the fuck I want, you white motherfucker.”


“Grateful Dead? That what all this shit is?”

Yeah, I guess.

“Broaden your horizons, you uneducated motherfucker. I played with the Dead. Weird-looking white boys. Could play a bit. Drummer wasn’t bad. That hairy Mexican motherfucker on guitar was a good kid. Respectful. Knew my music, and his history. I liked playing for those crowds. Freaky white kids, peaceful, they’d listen. Fuck white bitches. Bigger money. Playing with the Dead, yeah: good for me. Good for me.”

Mr. Davis, I’m sorry: I cannot hear a word you’re saying. Could you speak up?

“I’m gonna run you over with my Ferrari, cracker.”

You’re no fun.


I should go.


  1. There was a Miles Davis double-lp called Black Beauty, initially only released by Sony Japan in 1973. It was recorded at Fillmore West on April 10, 1970, when Miles Davis opened for the Grateful Dead. It has since been released on cd. Other tapes of the Miles Davis’ performances from the weekend of April 9-12 circulate, probably because Columbia seems to have recorded all four nights.

    Miles had his usual incredible band: Jack DeJohnette (drums), Dave Holland (bass), Chick Corea (electric piano), Steven Grossman (soprano sax) and Airto (percussion). The album Miles At Fillmore was recorded the prior month, at Fillmore East, when Miles opened for Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

    If you find and play Black Beauty, or the circulating April 12 70 tape (from which the above YouTube is clipped from), and then play the GD Apr 12 70 tape, you get a picture of what the whole night was like.

  2. In the category of Can’t Make This Up, Miles Davis’ road manager in the early 1970s was an infamous hippie named Coleman Davis, whom everyone knew as Whitey Davis (former Avalon Ballroom assistant manager, Crystal Ballroom and Sound Factory proprietor and so on). So Miles Davis road manager was a white guy called, appropriately, Whitey.

    Thoughts On The Dead may not be based on reality, but it is still true to life.

  3. Luther Von Baconson

    December 26, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    shootin’ hoops

  4. Since Bobby was best friends with Jimi, does that mean he was going to be a part of the rumored super group?

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