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Thelonious Monk

Jazz Musician (10-Oct-1917 — 17-Feb-1982)


Laurent De Wilde. Monk. PGW. 1998. 224pp.

Thomas Fitterling. Translated by Robert Dobbin. Thelonious Monk: His Life and Music. Berkeley Hills Books. 1997. 238pp.

Leslie Gourse. Straight, No Chaser: The Life and Genius of Thelonious Monk. Schirmer Books. 1997. 340pp.

Robin D. G. Kelley. Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. Free Press. 2009. 608pp.

Chris Sheridan. Brilliant Corners: A Bio-Discography of Thelonious Monk. Greenwood Publishing Group. 2001. 510pp.

Gabriel Solis. Monk's Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making. University of California Press. 2008. 239pp.

Rob Van der Bliek (editor). The Thelonious Monk Reader. Oxford University Press. 2001. 286pp.


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  6. Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (p.428)

  7. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.490)

  8. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.1029)

  9. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th Edition (p.677)

  10. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.508)

  11. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.349)

  12. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.347)

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