The life story of the American jazz saxaphonist Art Pepper, the man who could never live the straight life, always on the run, a heroin addict. This ...Show synopsisThe life story of the American jazz saxaphonist Art Pepper, the man who could never live the straight life, always on the run, a heroin addict. This is however a book about a man who continually bounced back from personal crisis.Hide synopsis
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If you are interested in jazz, the human condition, and good writing, this is the book for you. Laurie Pepper, Art's third wife and the manager of his comeback in the 70's, has taken Art's narrative about his life and synthesized it into a powerful narrative that never lets up. For those who do not know Art Pepper, he was the greatest alto sax player in jazz. He also spent most of his life in and out of prison due to a heroin addiction that he could never kick. The best way to read this book is to accompany your reading with the music and to juxtapose in your mind the beauty of his playing against the anguish of his life and drug addiction. The words and the music together make a powerful statement about the nature of art, and Art.
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