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Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

Kelley, Robin

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ISBN 10: 0684831902 / ISBN 13: 9780684831909
Published by Free Press, U.S.A., 2009
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an ...

Publisher: Free Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

Book Type: Ex-Library

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

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Robin D.G. Kelley is Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Southern California.  He has written widely on American culture, politics, and African American history.  His books include, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination, Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working ClassYo' Mama's DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America, and the forthcoming Going Home: Jazz and the Making of Modern Africa, to be published by Harvard University Press.

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