Thelonious Monk - Robin Kelley

Both Thelonious Monk’s compositions and his piano playing—with spare, “open” chords and skittish melodies—were one-of-a-kind. Though celebrated as a jazz giant, he was often portrayed as a reclusive, crazy eccentric. But in his epic, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press, $30), Robin D.G. Kelley gives the genius his due—while sweeping away the myths and stereotypes—to reveal Monk as a working musician and family man. Kelley’s many interviews with musicians, club-owners, family, and friends give us an oral history woven into a well-researched analysis of Monk’s music and his times.

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$22.00
ISBN: 9781439190463
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Published: Free Press - November 2nd, 2010

1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener's Life List - Tom Moon

I’ve been listening to Tom Moon’s reviews on NPR for years, and his open ears have led to a new spin on the suddenly ubiquitous 1,000 (fill in the blank) books. 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die: A Listener’s Life List (Workman, $19.95) is perfect for music beginners who are taking first steps into new genres, for hardened, cynical music nerds who want to argue with every choice, and for veterans wishing to try new vistas. Going alphabetically, ignoring genre borders, Moon finds classics and hidden gems near and far: the page-turning juxtapositions alone—Brahms/Braxton; Memphis Minnie/Menuhin; Shangri-Las/Shankar—give you an idea of how wide a net he has cast. 

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$19.95
ISBN: 9780761139638
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - August 28th, 2008

Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life - John Adams

John Adams started his musical career early in idyllic New Hampshire: he was playing clarinet in bands and orchestras, composing, and conducting as a teenager. Over the last twenty-five years, he’s written some of the iconic works of modern music: Shaker Loops, Harmonielehre, the operas Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, Doctor Atomic, and the oratorio El Niño. In his memoir, Hallelujah Junction (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26), Adams describes his early life and influences, finding his “voice” on the West Coast, and details his works and collaborations. The writing is as felicitous and inventive as his compositions. (Nonesuch Records has released a companion 2-CD compilation of his works, also titled Hallelujah Junction.)

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$24.00
ISBN: 9780312428617
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Published: Picador - November 24th, 2009

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