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Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin D. G. Kelley

Everything about Robin D. G. Kelleys fine biography of American Jazz legend Thelonious Monk is as near perfect as perfect can be in this biography with photos and notes. There are 29 chapters in this book. It is a big compact book with a lot of information much of it never before found in one setting and the reading experience is genuinely exciting as the reader follows Monk's career from beginning until end. I found these chapters of particular interest: "We Prayed and She Healed" "Dizzy and Bird Did Nothing for Me Musically" "France Libre" "The Greta Garbor of Jazz" "Everything Begins Here and Everything Ends Here" and "I Am Very Seriously Ill."

Other material covered in this book includes a technical note on Monk's music records and tapes in Thelonious Monk's personal collection notes and selected recordings by Monk. Before the index is a section covering the selected documentaries and videos of Thelonious Monk.

Thelonious Monk remains one of the greatest jazz pianists in American Jazz. Like pianist Dave Brubeck Monk is one of a special kind.

Those interested in what was happening on the East coast during the formative years of American Jazz will find this a memorable reading experience. Congratulations to the author Robin D. G. Kelley for one of the finest jazz biographies written and published during recent years. This book is topnotch all the way. Memorable.

Additional Info

  • Book Title: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
  • Author: Robin D. G. Kelley
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Year Published: 2009
  • Book Type:: Biography
  • ISBN: 9780684831909
  • Rating: Four Stars
  • Number of Pages: 589
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