By Don Heckman
The document below has been floating around the internet for at least a couple of years, maybe more. But I can’t find any confirmation of whether it was actually written by Thelonious Monk or by someone else. One of the suggested possibilities is Steve Lacy, and it does indeed look like his handwriting. In addition, the date at top — 1960 — coincides with the period when Lacy was working with Monk. But it could also be a complete fabrication.
It would, of course, be great to have some confirmation that the document really is something directly, or even indirectly, from Monk himself. And it’s easy to convince oneself that it represents the kind of thoughts he might have expressed.
So, if anyone has some accurate information about it, please let me know, and I’ll pass it on. And if I’m unknowingly violating anyone’s copyright, let me know that, as well, and I’ll quickly remove the post.