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Art Pepper (1925 - 1982) was described as the greatest alto-saxophonist 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. The result is an autobiography like other, a masterpiece of the spoken word, shaped into a genuine work of literature.
Art Pepper (1925?1982) was an American alto saxophonist and clarinetist. He was born in Gardena, California and raised in nearby San Pedro. He began playing the clarinet at age 9, and by 15 was performing in Lee Young's band at the Club Alabam, the home of jazz in prewar Los Angeles. He began his career in the 1940s, playing with Benny Carter and Stan Kenton. Some of his most famous albums are Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section, Art Pepper + Eleven - Modern Jazz Classics, Gettin' Together, and Smack Up. In 1952 he placed second only to Charlie Parker in the Down Beat jazz poll.