“Here is the book
I never knew
I was waiting for.”

Saul Williams

“Read it, then–quickly, before the spell breaks!–play one of Monk's records.”

Ben Ratliff

Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship Behind a Musical Revolution

She is Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter, a free-spirited baroness of the Rothschild family. He is Thelonious Sphere Monk, a musical genius fighting against the whims of his troubled mind. Their enduring friendship begins in 1954 and ends only with Monk’s death in 1982.

“Nobody plays “Pannonica” the way you do. wish you’d play it for me, like you used to in the old days.”

Kathleen Annie « Pannonica » Rothschild

“Cats! Every kind of cats, the furry ones, and the other ones!”

Thelonious Sphere Monk

“The Bebop Bentley…you’re going to spot the gleaming
coupé in front of every club and concert venue in town!”

Thelonious Sphere Monk

The graphic novel

Set against the backdrop of New York during the heyday of jazz, Monk! explores the rare alchemy between two brilliant beings separated by an ocean of social status, race, and culture, but united by an infinite love of music. This breathtaking graphic novel by Youssef Daoudi beautifully captures the life of the “the high priest of bop” in spontaneous, evocative pen and ink that seems to make visible jazz itself.

First Second / Macmillan – 09/25/2018 – ISBN: 9781626724341 – 352 Pages