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eBook Straight Life: The Story Of Art Pepper download ISBN: 0306805588
Author: Art Pepper
Publisher: Da Capo Press; Revised edition (March 22, 1994)
Language: English
Pages: 624
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Art Pepper (1925-1982) was called the greatest alto saxophonist of the post-Charlie Parker generation. Straight Life: The Story. has been added to your Cart.

Art Pepper (1925-1982) was called the greatest alto saxophonist of the post-Charlie Parker generation. But his autobiography.

Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper is the autobiography of jazz saxophonist Art Pepper, co-written with his wife, Laurie Pepper. It was first published in 1979 by Schirmer Books. Straight Life has been praised by critics, including Terry Castle, who called it "one of the greatest, saddest autobiographies ever written". Art Pepper began recording himself talking about his life around 1973, "as an act of catharsis and stabilization". The tapes formed the basis for the writing and forming of the book.

Harrowing and engrossing, Straight Life tells the life story of Art Pepper, based on tape recorded interviews made by his wife Laurie

Harrowing and engrossing, Straight Life tells the life story of Art Pepper, based on tape recorded interviews made by his wife Laurie. Who is Art Pepper? The "greatest alto saxophone player in the world. He was also a junkie who tragically spent a huge portion of his life behind bars thanks to a legal system which destroys a musician of genius just because he's an addict.

Art and Laurie Pepper's Straight Life-The Story of Art Pepper exists as a classic biography within an autobiography, wrapped in a memoir. Published originally in 1979 and then again in 1994 with a new afterword, updating the alto saxophonist's story from 1979 until his death in 1982, Straight Life remains the touchstone of the post-bebop West Coast jazz life

Pepper, Art, 1925-; Pepper, Laurie, joint author.

Pepper, Art, 1925-; Pepper, Laurie, joint author. Pepper, Art, 1925-, Jazz musicians, Saxophonists. New York : Schirmer Books. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Tracey Gutierres on July 15, 2014.

Art Pepper (1925 - 1982) was described as the greatest alto-sexophonist of the post-Charlie Parker generation. But Straight Life is much more than a jazz book ? it is oneof the most explosive, yet one of the most lyrical, of all autobiographies, narrated on tape to his wife Laurie. Pepper refuses to tiptoe round many of the unpalatable episodes of a life that involved alcoholism, heroin addiction,armed robberies and five of what should have been his most productive years imprisoned in San Quentin

Art Pepper (19251982) was called the greatest alto saxophonist of the post-Charlie Parker generation. But his autobiography,Straight Life, is much more than a jazz bookit is one of the most explosive, yet one of the most lyrical, of all autobiographies.

Art Pepper (19251982) was called the greatest alto saxophonist of the post-Charlie Parker generation.

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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Many times over the years, I've pulled this book off the shelf and opened it up to any random page and just started reading and was immediately drawn in to the point where I didn't want to put the book down, even though I've read it all the way through a couple of times. It's just that kind of book that grabs you and won't let go. The danger with reading it like that though, is while most of the book is written in Art Pepper's "voice", portions of the book are instead narrated by people who knew Art. These portions have the narrator's name in bold brackets at the beginning of their narrative. So if their narrative runs to a few pages (most are shorter), you might think when you just open it and start on any page that you're reading Art Pepper's words, but you're actually sometimes reading some very insightful observations by people who knew him very well. Still, just opening to any page of the book and reading it is fascinating and fun, especially after you've read it all the way through at least once.

This is one of the three best books I've ever read. To me, it is truly a timeless classic. You don't have to know who Art Pepper is. You don't have to be into jazz music. Just sit back and let this gripping story of a great musician and his tragic addictions take you on an unforgettable journey. When the journey is over you'll probably want to check out Art Pepper's music, or maybe the music of some of the others mentioned in the book.

I have to say this: Art holds nothing back. This book is not for the faint of heart. There are stories in this book that will wrench you to your very soul. Art was a great musician, but a very flawed man. But he was also very honest. He tells you things about himself in this book that NO man would ever admit to doing -- things that will make some people judge him very harshly. I won't spoil it by being more specific. I will just say that when you're reading this book, no matter how crazy some of the stuff in it is, you know it's the truth because no man would ever tell these things to his wife and to the whole world unless he's just a brutally honest person. We're talking deepest, darkest secrets here.

Speaking of Art's wife, Laurie Pepper, who co-authored the book, I can't say enough about the fantastic job she did culling together all of these interviews she did with Art and his acquaintances, relatives, etc., and fashioning it into a very readable book that just flows very nicely from beginning to end. She has also recently published a follow-up to this book called "Art Pepper: Why I Stuck with A Junkie Jazzman". I just bought it but haven't had a chance to read it yet. But after reading "Straight Life" I know I won't be disappointed with her new book. Looks like it's very highly rated here on Amazon, too, just like this book.

I honestly think that men will like this book a bit more than women because it's told from a man's standpoint with often crude sexual language that might be offensive to some women. Also, some of Art's exploits and encounters with women will probably be off-putting to some women. But that's one of the book's strengths -- Art is laying it all on the line here and he doesn't care what you think about him. He's not sugar-coating or hiding anything, he's giving you every graphic detail about some of the horrible things he did, mostly as a result of his addiction to drugs. He's putting it all out there and just letting the chips fall where they may. A lot of his music in his later life was like that also.

As far as the music itself, I've read at least one review of this book that complained that there's not enough info about Art's music and his thoughts on music here. There's actually a good portion of that here, but it's overshadowed by the larger story of his life. I'm a musician myself, but I wasn't at all disappointed with any lack of music talk because there's plenty of it and because his overall story is so amazing. I think another reviewer said that this book isn't about music -- it's about life. That's so true. I've gained many great insights into life from reading this book.

The portions of the book that deal with his various periods of incarceration are simply riveting, but there's so much more that is equally fascinating.

Whether you're a jazz fan, or simply a music fan, or someone interested in the study of addiction and addictive behavior, or someone interested in the minute details of being locked up behind bars and what really goes on in jail/prison, this book is a must read. When you finish it you'll probably see the world a bit differently, having seen it through Art Pepper's eyes for awhile.

You've just got to read this book. I usually only review CDs. That's how much of an impact "Straight Life" made on me. I just had to share how I felt about it. The only other book I think I've reviewed is Chuck Negron's "Three Dog Nightmare" which is a similar story to Art Pepper's. But that book is about a pop star in one of the most successful groups of all time. As good as that book is, and I highly recommend it, I feel this book is even better.
Amazon needs more stars for items that are truly extraordinary. Straight Life is just that. It's impossible to put down. Though the book is the autobiography of a brilliant though totally destructive jazz musician, it's much more than that. It also provides incredible insights on how talented members of society can destroy their lives by getting caught up in a never ending quest for etheral satisfaction. Pepper never wanted to come down. He sought the "high" no matter how many times he went to prison, counseling, or acknowledged he had a major problem. After what appeared to finally put him on the right path, his years at Synanon, he went right back to the "fix." Art Pepper still managed to leave a substantial legacy of brilliant music. But, again, this book makes you wonder what so many others likewise addicted to drugs and/or alcohol might have made of their lives and contributed to society. Savor this immensely compelling and instructive book. Please.
The first victim in war and auto-biographies is the truth.

This book was published in 1979, soon 40 years old. Social realism. Reads like a court trial with witnesses for and against the person on trial. The accused's statements are of course the least trustworthy of them all. Maybe I believe 0.1% of Art Pepper's often repeated testimonial; "I am honest and I don't want to hurt anybody" The truth is that he was very dishonest and hurt many people, of course most of all himself and his gift. The co-author is in on the scam.

The book reads like a movie. I can virtually see the scenes playing out on the screen. I like the movie. I guess Art is laughing at us from where he is now.
Brilliant. This book is all you've heard and more; definitely lives up to it's reputation: best biography I've ever read, and one of the best books of any sort, period. Pepper has a poet's vision and a remarkable memory for detail. Raw, gritty and honest, yet even when the story turns on ugliness, it is beautifully told. There are countless tales of the degradation that results from drug abuse and the inside scoop of life in prison, but you've never read it like this.
This is compelling reading about one of my favorite alto horn players. There was far less about music and far more soul-baring than I had expected in this harrowing autobiography. Pepper is an endlessly fascinating personality riddled with paradoxes and contradictions and we must thank his wife Laurie Pepper for driving him to tell his story. I'm now reading her book, Art: Why I Stuck with a Junkie Jazzman which covers some of the same ground, but with an entirely different perspective. Both Peppers are marvelous raconteurs and I wholeheartedly recommend both books.
I read this long ago, but wanted to re-read it because of a long essay in Terry Castle's book about it in her The Professor: A Sentimental Education. It is a straightforward account of the non-straight life of a brilliant jazz musician, with copious references to his heroin habit.
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This book is unforgettable as is Art Pepper's music. I'ts hard to believe that such clear beautiful tones came from such a tortured soul. Thank you to Laurie Pepper who got him to put his story out there for his fans and got the book published. I recommend this book to all fans of jazz of this "Birth of the Cool" era. I do wish he had spoken in more detail about the music and what the other jazz performers of the time were doing. I did find the book intense and painful to read as he slipped deeper into his dark world, but it's certainly fascinating and it's hard not to feel deep regret that he was not able to find the right help to enable him to break the addition for good.