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Anyone else reading the recent Robin Kelley bio of T. Monk ?


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Not yet! I want to badly but my wife is likely giving it to me for Xmas so I don't dare. ;) Are you talking about the St Laurent bio?
Instrumentation is meaningless - a song either stands on its own merit, or it requires bells and whistles to cover its lack of adequacy, much less quality. - kanker
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Don't worry. There's no way I'm missing this one! You did notice my nickname right? lol ;) I read the first chapter of the Robin Kelly Monk bio online on the NY Times website and it looks really good.
Instrumentation is meaningless - a song either stands on its own merit, or it requires bells and whistles to cover its lack of adequacy, much less quality. - kanker
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You'll enjoy.

As said, he's had extensive access to family & friends & the book includes some worthy appendices (brief commentary on his musical style, partial listing of personal record collection, etc.).

Scattered throughout are extensive footnotes leading to other info sources.

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FWIW, above Monk'sDream reminded me of an earlier bio of TM, refered to as "the St. Laurent bio".

In actual fact the author's name is Laurent de Wilde.

While hardly as extensively researched as the new Kelley book, it does have value (I am re-reading it).

 

Kelley's book, which I'm still in the middle of reading, is deeply researched; one can find the dates of most events in TM's career, how they came about, etc., even what seems to be every player passing through his bands, no matter how briefly.

De Wilde's book is more about the musical culture of Monk & jazz & has an almost poetic quality when he discusses some subjects.

Both are worth checking out.

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I just found my copy and you are right about the author's name and the book, d. Laurent de Wilde's bio is a very good read.
Instrumentation is meaningless - a song either stands on its own merit, or it requires bells and whistles to cover its lack of adequacy, much less quality. - kanker
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