A Rare Conversation with Betty Davis

“She doesn’t really do interviews, but I’ll add you to the list.”


That was where my initial request fell for an interview with the reclusive mistress of funk and former ex-wife of Miles Davis. The Seattle based indie label
Light In The Attic, had just released Is It Love or Desire, Betty Davis’ fourth album, recorded in 1976 but never released, until now. I knew it was a long shot, but, dear reader, it’s always worth a try.

Besides that, the album was an interesting enough subject itself. Recorded in 1976 and shelved by Island records, the LP was that of legend: never bootlegged, never circulated. The master tapes sat somewhere amidst the dust, perhaps forsaken, perhaps forgotten, except to the intransigent crate diggers and diehard funkateers who searched for them in vain.

Then, almost miraculously and without warning, it arrived. As if from some sort of archeological excavation, the album was found, perfectly preserved after over thirty-three years. And there she was, the knock-out, drop dead-sexy rock ‘n’ soul revolutionary, who’s name was immortalized in not one but two Miles Davis titles (…)

Read on:  The Beautiful Dichotomy of Betty Davis | J. Hayes | No Depression

 

Betty Davis

 

via Miles Davis Online

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Gettin Kicked Off, Havin Fun by Betty Davis
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The Lone Ranger by Betty Davis
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