I just finished Robyn Kelly’s massive and comprehensive biography of Thelonious Monk. There have been several previous books written on Monk, but this is the first comprehensive biography and it is a must-read for any serious jazz fan. It is not often that a jazz book that well written and researched comes out. It has everything you always wanted to know and more about Monk.
Anyone else read this?
By tomorrow I hope to start reading Brian Priestley’s slim book on Charlie Parker. It is mostly a discography, but there are about 150 pages of narrative. I’ll bide my time with this Bird book until Stanley Crouch finishes his long-in-the-works bio.
my friend has tried to get me hooked onto the biography of charles mingus, but i never get past the first chapter.
> my friend has tried to get me hooked onto the
> biography of charles mingus, but i never get past
> the first chapter.
There have been several biographies/books about Mingus, but I assume you mean the famous, or infamous, autobiography, “Beneath the Underdog.”
I am pleasantly surprised with how much I liked Brian Priestley’s Bird book, “The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker”. I’m about 100 pages into the brief book, which also includes a lengthy discography. It is proving to be a worthwhile read, at least something to tide me over until the Crouch tome is released. The Priestley book flew under the radar. It was published in ‘06 and I stumbled across a copy in the Strand bookstore. A good book.