Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper

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Art Pepper (1925–1982) was called the greatest alto saxophonist of the post-Charlie Parker generation. But his autobiography, Straight Life, is much more than a jazz book—it is one of the most explosive, yet one of the most lyrical, of all autobiographies. This edition is updated with an extensive afterword by Laurie Pepper covering Art Pepper’s last years, and a complete and up-to-date discography by Todd Selbert.

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Overview

Art Pepper (1925–1982) was called the greatest alto saxophonist of the post-Charlie Parker generation. But his autobiography, Straight Life, is much more than a jazz book—it is one of the most explosive, yet one of the most lyrical, of all autobiographies. This edition is updated with an extensive afterword by Laurie Pepper covering Art Pepper’s last years, and a complete and up-to-date discography by Todd Selbert.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306805585
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/21/1994
  • Edition description: Updated ed., 1st Da Capo Press ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 620
  • Sales rank: 345,975
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.93 (h) x 1.48 (d)

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  • Posted March 6, 2009

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    An extremely personal look at one of the heroes of Jazz

    As a life long Art Pepper fan I though that this would be a fun and provocative look at his life and times, ala Quincy Troupe's Miles Davis autobiography. What I found, however, was a sobering view into the life of a brilliant musician stunted by a debilitating drug habit. Laurie Pepper's additional comments, often contradicting Art's reminiscences, add so much depth and empathy to his life's story. You hear his bravado, but also see his insecurity. Still, this is an ultimately uplifting and exciting read, and is a must for any fan of his music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2000

    Best Memoir ever written

    I've never read a more honest book in my life. I've been in the music business most of my life and as an recovering alcoholic/drug addict I haven't used in over 22 years. I've heard everything. But this is different. There's not a false word in the entire book. I'm sorry it ended.

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