By Robin Kelley
THELONIOUS MONK is the seriously acclaimed, gripping saga of an artist’s fight to “make it” with out compromising his musical imaginative and prescient. it's a tale that, like its topic, displays the tidal ebbs and flows of yank heritage within the 20th century. To his fanatics, he used to be the last word hipster; to his detractors, he used to be temperamental, eccentric, taciturn, or childlike. His angular melodies and dissonant harmonies shook the jazz international to its foundations, ushering within the delivery of “bebop” and developing Monk as one in every of America’s maximum composers. Elegantly written and wealthy with humor and pathos, Thelonious Monk is the definitive paintings on sleek jazz’s most unique composer.
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While Stuckenberg's book still reads well, it does not satisfy the standards that must be applied today. "63 In other words, it does not say very much about Kant's life, concentrating almost entirely on his thought and his published writings. It is more a popular account of Kant's philosophical develop¬ ment than a thoroughgoing biography. Gulyga's biography might be the best available in English, but it is not widely available. This well-written life of Kant was intended for the Russian reader.
We get a caricature, not a por¬ trait painting — well-meaning, but unreflective and without even a hint of irony. 45 Heinrich Heine summed up this view as follows: The history of Kant's life is difficult to describe. For he neither had a life nor a history. He lived a mechanically ordered, almost abstract, bachelor life in a quiet out-of-theway lane in Königsberg, an old city at the northeast border of Germany. I do not be¬ lieve that the large clock of the Cathedral there completed its task with less passion and less regularity than its fellow citizen Immanuel Kant.
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Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin Kelley