Synopses & Reviews
THELONIOUS MONK is the critically acclaimed, gripping saga of an artistand#8217;s struggle to and#8220;make itand#8221; 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 and#8220;bebopand#8221; and establishing Monk as one of Americaand#8217;s greatest comandshy;posers. Elegantly written and rich with humor and pathos, andlt;Iandgt;Thelonious Monk andlt;/Iandgt;is the definitive work on modern jazzand#8217;s most original composer.
The first full biography of Thelonious Monk, written by a brilliant historian,with full access to the family's archives and with dozens of interviews.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Robin D.G. Kelleyandlt;/Bandgt; is a professor of history and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California. From 2003-2006, he was the William B. Ransford Professor of Cultural and Historical Studies at Columbia Univeristy. From 1994-2003, he was a professor of history and Africanaandnbsp;Studies at New York Universityandnbsp;as well the chairman of NYU's history department from 2002-2003. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;One of the youngest tenured professors in a full academic discipline--at the age of 32--Kelley has spent most of his career exploring American and African-American history with a particular emphasis on African-American musical culture, including jazz and hip-hop.