Friday, December 18, 2009

The Dean Delivers: Christgau on Monk

The Prof has been following Robert Christgau's music writing since he started reading The Village Voice in 1982. Here is one of his all-time best pieces, his latest "Rock & Roll &" essay at Barnes and Noble's site (which they really ought to call "Barnes & Noble &") on the new biography of Thelonious Monk by Robin D. G. Kelley. Like a great New York Review of Books piece, it opens up from the book under consideration and expands to include an overview of the artist. If you read the Dean's picks for Monk discs, just keep in mind that the Prof loves Monk's Music beyond all reason.

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