(Miles) Davis renounced showbiz conventions on the stage; he never smiled; turned his back on audiences; left the stage without acknowledging applause; and he frequently played for only a few minutes before leaving the stage.
In the introduction to his mammoth 1980 collection, The Stories of Ray Bradbury, he recounts his misery when playground teasing made him stop collecting Buck Rogers comics. Unhappy for a month, he eventually realised why:
“I went back to collecting Buck Rogers. My life has been happy ever since. For that was the beginning of my writing science fiction. Since then, I have never listened to anyone who criticised my taste in space-travel, sideshows or gorillas. When such occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”