Thelonious Monk : the life and times of an American original /

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 behavi...

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Main Author: Kelley, Robin D. G.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Free Press, [2016?]
Edition:[Updated edition].
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Summary: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.
Item Description:With a new afterword.
Physical Description:xxii, 596 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 463-572) and index.
ISBN:9781439190463
1439190461