Straight, No Chaser: The Life and Genius of Thelonious Monk

Straight No Chaser The Life and Genius of Thelonious Monk This first full length biography of the legendary pianist composer in English tells the story of the tragic life and creative genius of Thelonius Monk Based on scores of interviews with his family fr

  • Title: Straight, No Chaser: The Life and Genius of Thelonious Monk
  • Author: Leslie Gourse
  • ISBN: 9780825672293
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Paperback
  • This first full length biography of the legendary pianist composer in English tells the story of the tragic life and creative genius of Thelonius Monk Based on scores of interviews with his family, friends and compatriots, along with voluminous research, this book gives the reader insight into the elusive and often eccentric personality of the composer It paints a vividThis first full length biography of the legendary pianist composer in English tells the story of the tragic life and creative genius of Thelonius Monk Based on scores of interviews with his family, friends and compatriots, along with voluminous research, this book gives the reader insight into the elusive and often eccentric personality of the composer It paints a vivid picture of the difficulties faced by a serious jazz performer in the 50 s and 60 s who had to battle to overcome racism to make his mark as a musician Beautifully illustrated with rare photos.

    One thought on “Straight, No Chaser: The Life and Genius of Thelonious Monk”

    1. A very good biography on truly one of the great composers of the 20th Century. There are two great piano players in the 20th Century. One is Glenn Gould and surely the other is Thelonious Monk. I think of them both when I hear their music. Not sure why? I think because both had such an unique way of looking at their material. And of course both are eccentric characters - but beyond that surface comparison there is something so pure and beautiful about their playing and how they look at their wor [...]

    2. Possibly my first one star review. Not entirely useless, especially because there are no other Monk bios, but absolutely piecemeal from an academic point of view, and dreadful from a literary perspective. No sense of narrative scope, research seems half-assed at best, and Gourse seems uninterested in taking a critical or historical stand on any topic, and often resorts to merely quoting contemporary newspaper reviews of Monk's performances. Anybody interested in Monk would be better served by a [...]

    3. this book is the shit. i love jazz, and i love thelonious monk. he certainly had a reputation as creative and challenging figure, and reading this book fills in the gaps between the reputation and the reality. filled with vivid descriptions of his sessions, his home, his partner nellie and all the characters that inhabited his world, i found this book to be totally compelling and was sad to ultimately complete. a must for all fans of his work a companion piece, do view the video of this from whc [...]

    4. An exceptionally disappointing book.I bought this at Green Apple in San Francisco in 1998. Never got around to reading it. Great subject matter surrounded by strangely shoddy research and writing. Hell, I've seen better drafts of essays from my high-school juniors than what Grouse has written here.

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