• Thelonious Monk

  • The Life and Times of an American Original
  • By: Robin DG Kelley
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 25 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)

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By: Robin DG Kelley
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
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Publisher's summary

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 20th 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 composers.

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

©2009 Robin D. G. Kelley (P)2017 Tantor

Critic reviews

"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." ( Publishers Weekly)

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