Thelonious Monk

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Thelonious Monk

The Life and Times of an American Original

By Robin D. G. Kelley

Free Press, Paperback, 9781439190463, 592pp.

Publication Date: November 2, 2010

The first full biography of legendary jazz musician Thelonious Monk, written by a brilliant historian, with full access to the family's archives and with dozens of interviews.
"Thelonious Monk" is the critically acclaimed, gripping saga of an artist's struggle to make it without compromising his musical vision. It is a story that, like its subject, reflects the tidal ebbs and flows of American history in the twentieth century. To his fans, he was the ultimate hipster; to his detractors, he was temperamental, eccentric, taciturn, or childlike. 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. Elegantly written and rich with humor and pathos, "Thelonious Monk "is the definitive work on modern jazz's most original composer.

About the Author
ROBIN D. G. KELLY is Professor of History and Africana Studies at New York University and the author of "Race Rebels" and "Yo Mama s Dysfunktional!"