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Thelonious Monk biographer Kelley to speak

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 5:30 p.m. 101 McCormick Hall

Historian Robin D.G. Kelley will discuss his forthcoming biography of jazz legend Thelonious Monk at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in 101 McCormick Hall.

Kelley's lecture, titled "Monk and Nellie: A Love Story," will cover his research into the life of Monk, the influential pianist and composer, and his wife Nellie, who was his personal manager and musical consultant. The book, titled "Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original," is due out in the fall.

Kelley, whose work focuses on African American culture, is a professor of American studies and ethnicity and history at the University of Southern California. His other books include "Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression," "Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class" and "Yo' Mama's DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America."

Kelley is a short-term visiting fellow at Princeton this spring with the Council of the Humanities, which is sponsoring the lecture with the Center for African American Studies.

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