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By Alexander Rose

George Washington insisted that his portrait be painted with one. Daniel Boone created a legend with one. Abraham Lincoln shot them at the White condo garden. And Teddy Roosevelt had his in particular customized.

In this first-of-its-kind e-book, historian Alexander Rose provides a colourful, engrossing biography of an American icon: the rifle. Drawing at the phrases of foot squaddies, inventors, and presidents, according to large new examine, and spanning from the Revolution to the current day, American Rifle is a balanced, splendidly exciting historical past of the rifle and its position in American tradition.

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Let’s make it perfectly clear,” he told writer Bill Milkowski, who suggested that McLaughlin should share co-composer credit on some parts of the Jack Johnson album, “what happened with all the musicians who played with Miles in the studio was strictly Miles’s doing … Miles’s records were always quite carefully directed by him, orchestrated in a way that was not quite obvious … it was absolutely Miles’s vision – the way the concepts would go. I think we have to put the credit on Miles. We all had ideas.

Butler arranged for the piano to be delivered to Miles’s home, but Miles wouldn’t let the delivery men in, so they called Butler. Butler called a mutual friend of him and Miles, the DJ Ed Williams, who lived close to Miles. Williams managed to persuade Miles to open the door. 5 into the shadows 37 “Ed told me that when Miles saw the piano, there were tears in his eyes,” says Butler. Butler called Miles. ’ Then he muttered something and hung up the phone,” recalls Butler. But Miles would ring Butler to thank him in his own inimitable style.

There is no doubt that Miles exaggerated some of his descriptions of this period. For example, he told writer Cheryl McCall: “I was nuts … [I got] so bored that you can’t realize what boredom is. ”5 Miles did have long periods were he stayed indoors, but he also went out and about and even left New York at one stage. ”6 Yet a number of people recall him playing trumpet during this period and on at least one occasion Miles’s performance was taped. Miles’s description of this time also suggests that he had lost the need, drive and the motivation to play music, but in 1976 he was in the recording studio several times; in 1977, he rehearsed with a new band, and at one point even considered going on tour.

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