Author: Kelley, Robin
Brand: Free Press
Number Of Pages: 592
Release Date: 02-11-2010
Details: Product Description
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. Now updated with an afterword for Monk's 2017 centennial.
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.
"...a massive and impressive undertaking... Thoroughly researched, meticulously footnoted, and beautifully crafted,
Thelonious Monk presents the most complete, most revealing portrait ever assembled of the man known as the high priest of bebop."
--Steve Greenlee, The Boston Globe
"...as complete a picture of this complex, original and enigmatic artist as possible... this very welcome book is certain to be a go-to reference."
--Down Beat Magazine
"...extraordinary and heroically detailed... I doubt there will be a biography anytime soon that is as textured, thorough and knowing as Kelley's. The 'genius of modern music' has gotten the passionate and compassionate advocate he deserves."
The New York Times Book Review
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 Director of the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Pittsburgh
"A seminal examination of the man and his music."
--Bay State Banner
"A wealth of historical context is richly studded with details of Monk's family background and the broader world in which he lived and worked... Likely the most thorough possible illumination of the man behind the legend."
"An honest and eloquent treatment of one of our most important artists,
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original is a stunning tour de force! It is the most comprehensive treatment of Monk's life to date. Furthermore, in Monk's story, Kelley has found the perfect medium to shed light on a nation's and a people's history and persistent quest for freedom. In so doing he has given us a book that is as bold, brilliant, and beautiful as Monk and his music."
FARAH JASMINE GRIFFIN, author of If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday
"An omnibus of myth busting."
The New York Times
"Every step of Monk's musical journey is teased out in meticulous detail...whether he's charting the highs or lows of Monk's emotional swings, Kelley rarely strays from his central theme of an extraordinary talent pushing against the boundaries of his art."
"Kelley hopes to balance Monk's brilliance and historic achievements with his quirks and serious problems (bipolar disorder) to take the true measure of the man. Dedicated readers of jazz history and students of Cold War and Civil Rights Era culture won't be disappointed."
--The New Haven Advocate
About the Author
Robin D.G. Kelley is a professor of history and American studies and ethnicity at the Univ
Package Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches