*Note: There are literally thousands of articles about Monk and his music, the vast majority of which are concert and record reviews. Below is a selection of books, articles, dissertations and theses, and poetry collections that focus directly on Monk. Although much of the work below contain various errors and inaccuracies, we include them because they represent some of the more substantial writing on Monk¹s life and music.


Black Music Research Journal 19, no. 2 (Fall 1999). [Special issue on Monk with articles by Robin D. G. Kelley, Ingrid Monson, Scott DeVeaux, Mark Tucker, Krin Gabbard, and Rob van der Bliek]

Buin, Yves, Thelonious Monk (Paris: P.O.L., 1988).

de Wilde, Laurent. Monk. (New York: Marlowe and Company, 1997).

Fitterling, Thomas. Thelonious Monk: His Life and Music (Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Hills Books, 1997).

Gillespie, Dizzy, with Al Fraser. To Be or Not to Bop: Memoirs (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1979).

Goldberg, Joe. Jazz Masters of the 50¹s (New York: Macmillan, 1965), 24-44.

Gourse, Leslie. Straight No Chaser: The Life and Genius of Thelonious Monk (New York: Schirmer Books, 1997)

Ponzio, Jacques and Francois Postif, Blue Monk: Un Portrait de Thelonious (Paris: Actes Sud, 1995).

Sheridan, Chris (comp.). Brilliant Corners: A Bio-Discography of Thelonious Monk (Westport and London: Greenwood Press, 2001)

van der Bliek, Rob. ed., The Thelonious Monk Reader (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001). Because several key interviews and essays can be found in van der Bliek¹s edited collection, they are not included in the list of articles below.

Selected Articles

Arrigioni, A. "Il Piano Dopo Monk," Musica Jazz 17 (May 1961): 17-19.

Astrup, O.J. "Musikern a Kring Monk," Orkester Journalen 31 (July-August, 1963): 10-11.

Bens, J. "Monk l¹Explorateur," Jazz Magazine 9 (April 1963): 37-38.

Blancq, Charles. "Standard Tune Transformation: A Retrospective Look at Thelonious Monk," Jazz Research Papers 3 (1983): 17-19

Brown, Frank London. "More Man than Myth, Monk Has Emerged from the Shadows," Down Beat 25 (October 30, 1958): 13-16.

Buhles, G. "Thelonious Monk: Jazz Composer," Jazz Podium 27 (March 1978): 4-9, (April 1978): 11-13.

Clouzet, J. and M. Delorme. "L¹Amertume du Prophete," Jazz Magazine 9 (April 1963): 38-41.

Crawford, Marc. "Magnificent Monk of Music," Ebony 14 (May 1959); 120-22.

Crawford, Marc. "The Long March of Thelonious Sphere Monk, Time Capsule (Summer-Fall 1983): 6-7, 31-32.

Crouch, Stanley. "Thelonious Monk: Playing Possum with genius," The Village Voice 24 (August 13, 1979): 61-2

Cuscuna, Michael. "Thelonious Monk‹The Early Years," The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Thelonious Monk [Sleeve notes] (Santa Monica, CA: Mosaic Records, 1983).

Detweiler, Margit. "Song for My Father: T.S. Monk's Birthright," Option 78 (January-February 1998) 44-47, 49.

Gaspard, J. and J. Delorme. "En Butte a Monk," Jazz Hot 197 (April 1964): 18-22.

Gervais, Raymond and Yves Bouliane. "Interview with Steve Lacy," Translated by Effie Mihopolous. Brilliant Corners: A Magazine of the Arts 5 (Spring 1977): 77-112.

Haywood, Mark S. "Rhythmic readings in Thelonius Monk" Annual Review of Jazz Studies 7, (1994-1995): 25-45

Hentoff, Nat. "The Private World of Thelonious Monk," Esquire (April 1960), 133-135.

Hollerbach, Peter. "The Sound Of Surprise: The Politics of Thought and Action in The Music of Thelonious Monk," International Jazz Archives Journal 1, no. 3 (Fall 1995): 141-160.

Jalard, M.C. "Thelonious Monk a l¹Heure du Simulacre!" Jazz Magazine 105 (April 1964): 26-31.

Jelmini,. G. "Thelonious Monk e l¹Arte Informale," Musica Jazz 16 (October1960): 13-17.

Keepnews, Peter. "Rouse & Nica," Down Beat 56 (April 1989): 59-60.

Koch, Lawrence O. "Thelonious Monk: compositional techniques." Annual Review of Jazz Studies, 2 (1983): 67-80.

Koechlin, P. L¹Original et Inquietant: Thelonious Monk," Musica 121 (April 1964): 28-30.

Kurzdorfer, James: Outrageous Clusters: Dissonant Semitonal Cells in the Music of Thelonious Monk Annual Review of Jazz Studies 8 (1996): 181-201

"L¹Oeuvre Enregistre de Thelonious Monk," Jazz Hot 26 (January 1960): 16-21.

Langford, Jef. "Monk¹s Horns," Jazz Journal vol. 23 (November 1970): 7, vol. 24 (January 1971): 7-8; vol. 24 (February 1971): 3-4.

Lapham, Lewis H. "Monk: High Priest of Jazz," Saturday Evening Post 237 (April 11, 1964): 70.

Lascelles, G. "Thelonious Monk," Jazz Journal 18 (April 1965): 10-12.

Milkowski, Bill. "T.S. Monk: Family Matters," JazzTimes 27, no. 9 (November 1997): 32-37, 128.

"Monk et les ŒLiaisons Dangereuses,¹" Jazz Magazine 5 (October 1959): 20-24.

Mortensen, Af Tore. "Thelonious Monks Musikalske Univers: ŒJazz and Freedom Go Hand in Hand,¹" Dansk Arbog for Musikforskning 12 (1994): 91-107.

Noames, J.L. "Monk Entre Deux Sommes," Jazz Magazine 124 (November 1965): 46-49; reprinted in Jazz Magazine 306 (April 1982): 12-13

Primack, B. "In Walked Thelonious: A Celebration of Thelonious Monk," JazzTimes 24 (1994): 36-41+

Reda, J. "Thelonious Monk d'ou Vient le Prophete?" Jazz Magazine 276 (June 1979): 48-9.

Reda, J. "Thelonious Sphere Monk: Un Art sans Commencement," Jazz Magazine 275 (May 1979): 20-23.

Richter, Stephen. "The Beauty of Building, Dwelling, and Monk: Aesthetics, Religion, and the Architectural Qualities of Jazz," African American Review 29, no. 2 (Summer 1995): 259-268.

Roberts, Hugh J. "Improvisation, Individuation, and Immanence: Thelonius Monk" Black Sacred Music: A Journal Of Theomusicology 3, no. 2 (Fall 1989): 50-56.

Schaap, Phil. "Les tenors de Thelonious. Jazz Magazine 306 (April 1982): 18-20.

Schuller, Gunther. "Thelonious Monk," in Martin Williams, ed., Jazz Panorama, New York: Collier Books, 1964): 216-238.

Slaughter, Paul. "Charlie Rouse: Les tenors de Thelonious," Jazz Magazine (France) Vol. n306, Apr 1982, p. 16-17

Shapiro, J. "In Search of the Original 'Round Midnight: A Study of Published Manuscripts, Transcriptions, and Recordings of Thelonious Monk's Composition," Jazz Research Papers 8, (1988): 80-96.
Smallenburg, Harry. "Monk, Bop, and a New Poetics," Caliban 4 (1988): 36-41.

Smith, L. "T. S. Monk Interview," Cadence 24 (July 1998): 5-9.

Somers, Steven. "The Rhythm of Thelonious Monk," Caliban 4 (1988): 44-49.

Stewart, Milton. "Thelonious Monk: Bebop or Something Different?" Jazz Research Papers 5 (1985): 182-85.

Tarting, Christian and others, "Round about Monk," Jazz Magazine 361 (1987): 16-20

Testoni, G. "L¹Eredita dei Compositori di Jazz," Musica Jazz 18 (February 1962): 31-33.

Testoni, G. and A. Polillo. "Incontro con Thelonious Monk," Musica Jazz 20 (March 1964): 8-10.

Troupe, Quincy and Ben Riley, "Remembering Thelonious Monk: When the Music was Happening Then He¹d Get Up and Do His Little Dance," in Robert G. O¹Meally, ed., The Jazz Cadence of American Culture (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998), 102-110.

Wideman, John Edgar. "The silence of Thelonious Monk," Esquire 128, no. 5 (November 1997):106.

Wiedemann, Erik. "Thelonious Monk: Bebopens Oversteprast," Orkester Journalen 20 (April 1952): 12-13.

Williams, Martin. "What kind of composer was Thelonious Monk?," The Musical Quarterly 76 (Fall 1992): 433-41.

Wilmer, Valerie. "Monk on Monk," Down Beat 32 (June 3, 1965): 20-22; reprinted in Wilmer, Jazz people (London: Allison & Busby Ltd., 1970)

Wilson, P. N. "Versuch ueber das `Monkische'; zur musikalischen Aesthetik Thelonious Sphere Monks und ihrem posthumen Weiterwirken," Jazzforschung/Jazz Research 19 (1987): 41-59.

Wittner, Gary. "T.S. Monk on T.S. Monk, A Conversation with Gary Wittner and Ira Braus," Coda (May 1993).

Selected Poems and Poetry Collections

Baraka, Amiri. Funk Lore (Los Angels: Littoral Books, 1996). Selections.

Coleman, Wanda. "On Theloniousism," Caliban 4 (1988), 67-79.

Etter, Dave. Well, You Needn¹t : The Thelonious Monk Poems (Independence, Mo. : Raindust Press, 1975)

Feinstein, Sascha. Epistrophies: poems celebrating Thelonius Monk and his music," African American Review 31, no. 1 (Spring 1997).

Lange, Art and Nathaniel Mackey, eds., Moment¹s Notice: Jazz in Prose and Poetry (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 1993). Selections.

Williams, Jonathan. TSM (1917-1982) (Rocky Mount, NC: Arthur Mann Kaye, 1982).

Unpublished Dissertations/Theses

Feurzeig, David Kahn. "Making the Right Mistakes: James P. Johnson, Thelonious Monk, and the Trickster Aesthetic," (Ph.D diss., Cornell University, 1997).

Kteily-O'sullivan, Laila Rose. "Klangfarben, Rhythmic Displacement, and Economy of Means: A Theoretical Study of the Works Of Thelonious Monk," (M.M. Thesis, University Of North Texas, 1990).

Larson, Steven Leroy "Schenkerian analysis of modern jazz." (PhD diss., University of Michigan, 1987)

Metz, Kenneth Robert. "¹Reflections On Monk¹ For Concert Band," (Ph.D Diss.,Texas Tech University, 1997).

Simon, Tom. "An Analytical Inquiry Into Thelonious Monk¹s "Ruby, My Dear" (M.A. Thesis, University Of Michigan, 1978).