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User Review  - BooksForDinner - LibraryThing

Top five biography I've ever read. A comprehensive, meticulous, myth-busting piece of scholarship. Kelley lauds Monk's genius, but doesn't shy away from the difficult Monk. Instead, he truly humanizes ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - emmakendon - LibraryThing

Meticulously researched, this was as close up as I imagine I could ever come to Monk through words, and understand what it was like to work with him, to learn from him and to face the frustrations he afforded! Excellent, excellent tribute. Read full review

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This is a splendid biography of one of the seminal figures of modern jazz. The book truly brings Monk to life, and sheds wonderful light on his various activities.

Review: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

User Review  - Louise - Goodreads

I found this book through the NY Times Best 100 Books of 2009. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it does not appear to be a National Book Award or Pulitzer finalist or nominee. If should be. Just a browse ... Read full review

Review: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

Excellent book. Definitely a biography of monk's life and not an extended musical analysis--this book does not require any technical knowledge of music. It's exhaustive, but in a good way. Not only ... Read full review

Review: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

User Review  - Daniel Pendergraft - Goodreads

So amazing to read about. Monk is my hero, to read about his often troubled but colorful life was an emotional journey for me. Sometimes we assume we know about musician's struggles just from trite ... Read full review

Review: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

User Review  - Craig Pittman - Goodreads

A detailed and masterful biography of my favorite jazzman and the pianist Duke Ellington once saluted as having "the baddest left hand in the history of jazz." I started reading this book in April and ... Read full review

Review: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

User Review  - Nate Rabe - Goodreads

Good detailed account if the great Monk. I especially enjoyed learning of his non musical life and struggles with money and recognition and love. Brilliant! Read full review

Review: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

User Review  - Marvin - Goodreads

Excellent biography on the jazz legend. Robin Kelley worked on this book for 14 years and it shows in its incredible detail and insight to the great jazz pianist and composer. Read full review

Review: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

User Review  - Eric Bittner - Goodreads

A fascinating look at one of the most unique American musicians ever. It's not perfect, as the author indulges in a bit too much mind-reading, but its strengths more than outweigh that one weakness ... Read full review


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