Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk

The Life and Times of An American Original

Book - 2009
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His angular melodies and dissonant harmonies shook the jazz world to its foundations, ushering in the birth of "bebop" and establishing Monk as one of America's greatest composers. Yet throughout much of his life, his musical contribution took a backseat to tales of his reputed behavior. Writers tended to obsess over Monk's hats or his proclivity to dance on stage. To his fans, he was the ultimate hipster; to his detractors, he was temperamental, eccentric, taciturn, or childlike. Now, historian Robin D. G. Kelley brings to light a startlingly different Thelonious Monk--witty, intelligent, generous, politically engaged, brutally honest, and a devoted father and husband. This is the saga of an artist's struggle to "make it" without compromising his musical vision; a story that, like its subject, reflects the tidal ebbs and flows of American history in the twentieth century.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2009.
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9780684831909
0684831902
Characteristics: xviii, 588 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

A long but comprehensive biography of Monk told mostly in a chronology of his life. Diappointingly, the book was not intuitive to such an eccentric and brilliant artist and not that insightful in terms of the characters.

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