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Thelonious Monk

The Life and Times of an American Original

by Robin D. G. Kelley

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Thelonious Monk
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The Life and Times of an American Original
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A comprehensive profile of the enigmatic jazz pianist and composer offers insight into his origins, his early musical career, and the mid-twentieth-century cultural upheavals that shaped his personal and creative life.

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Thelonious Monk relaxes with his wife, Nellie, before performing at the Royal Festival Hall in London on April 29, 1961. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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