Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

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By (author) Professor of African-American Studies Robin D G Kelley

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  • Publisher: The Free Press
  • Format: Paperback | 592 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 40mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 2 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1439190461
  • ISBN 13: 9781439190463
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, frontispiece
  • Sales rank: 74,880

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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 com-posers. Elegantly written and rich with humor and pathos, "Thelonious Monk "is the definitive work on modern jazz s most original composer.

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""Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original" is one of the most anticipated books in jazz scholarship, and well worth the wait. Robin D. G. Kelley represents one of this generation's most important voices equipped with the knowledge, passion, and respect for both jazz and jazz musicians required to interpret the many details and nuances of Thelonious Monk's life. This compelling book will both challenge old assumptions and inspire new assessments of the life and legacy one of the world's greatest musicians." -- GERI ALLEN, pianist, composer, and Associate Professor of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation, University of Michigan