JOHN WILCOCK: Thelonious Monk's Heroin Arrest

The John Wilcock comic returns with the story of Thelonious Monk's heroin arrest, followed by John's personal memory of seeing Monk play at the Five Spot.

By Persoff and Marshall

Supplemental material:

1) COUNTERPUNCH on "Out Walked Monk" by Jeffrey St. Clair

2) JAZZ TIMES on "The Cabaret Card and Jazz"

3) NPR on "Unearthing Unknown Monk, Coltrane Recording" (Audio discussing the Five Spot performances at 4 minutes)

From an ongoing interview and biography of John Wilcock, a prolific editor and publisher of 1960's underground newspapers.

Published 5:00 am Fri, Feb 1, 2013

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From the comic book biography of John Wilcock, by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall. See previous installments here and here.)

Ethan Persoff (Twitter) is a cartoonist, based in Austin TX. His other comic project is Radio Wire.

Scott Marshall (Facebook) is an illustrator, sound artist, and art director, based in New York City. Previous projects include audio work for Woody Allen (Small Time Crooks), and two scores for full-length dance pieces by choreographer Lar Lubovitch (Men's Stories, The Black Rose).

NEWS: John Wilcock recently celebrated his 88th birthday. He welcomes your email.

5 Responses to “JOHN WILCOCK: Thelonious Monk's Heroin Arrest”

  1. Roose_Bolton says:

    Said it before, saying it again: these are great. Just wish they were a dozen panels longer! And that I had access to a million of them! RIGHT THIS SECOND!

  2. noggin says:

    Enjoyed all that–especially the recently found recording of Monk and Coltrane at Carnegie Hall.

  3. s2redux says:

    Now that I’m staring 60 square in the face, there are days when I think, “Damn; too old.” And then I’ll listen to the crowd and the music on Discovery–Live at the Five Spot and think, “Damn; not old enough.”

  4. chadmulligan says:

    Listening to Thelonious Monk is the closest anyone gets to hearing an alien tongue–his melodies are gorgeous and beyond our comprehension, but his music holds an internal logic that always seems just out of your reach.

  5. Sasha K-S says:

    He might have been innocent of the heroin possession charge, but he WAS guilty of driving a nice car while black. That’s a serious charge, right there.