Search for Miles Davis Book Leads to James Baldwin’s Last Interview
I stumbled across an interesting book on James Baldwin recently while trying to find the title of Miles Davis’s autobiography that was cowritten by Quincy Troupe, JAMES BALDWIN: THE LAST INTERVIEW AND OTHER CONVERSATIONS. Troupe had conducted the last interview with Baldwin in 1987, the year he died, but the book which includes this interview and others, was published in December 2014 by Melville House. So in my search online for Miles through Quincy Troupe, I found the Baldwin book.
As revealed in William Maxwell’s great book, F.B. EYES: How J Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature, Baldwin was one of several African American writers whose literary works were monitored and critiqued by the FBI for subversive content. The FBI dossier of 1,884 pages on Baldwin was the largest on file for African American writers.
Considering current racial tensionsin our nation, and Baldwin’s writings on race and his role in the Civil Rights Movement, now is a good time to read The Last Interview.