Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper by Art And Laurie Pepper [SIGNED By Art Pepper] [SOLD]
Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper by Art And Laurie Pepper [SIGNED By Art Pepper]  [SOLD]
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Schirmer Books, New York, 1979, First Printing with complete number line, SIGNED on the front free end paper by the great alto saxophonist. One of the best of all jazz autobiographies, Straight Life, recounts Pepper's harrowing life of addiction and incarceration which deeply affected his career as one of the most gifted saxophonists in jazz. In fact, it is a mystery that he was able to play and record at a consistently high level, given the conditions of his life. On publication the book quickly garnered critical acclaim, with Whitney Balliett the esteemed jazz critic for the New Yorker, stating in a glowing review," Straight Life demonstrates again and again that Pepper has the ear and memory and interpretative lyricism of a first-rate novelist". But the book, and Pepper's subsequent successful return to music, owed much to his wife, Laurie Pepper; she crucially oversaw the transcription and editing of her extensive tape recordings of the saxophonist's recollections, and in the wake of the book's success, became Pepper's manager. Under her administrative guidance he was able to manage his addictions and make a highly successful return to touring and recording. Since Pepper's death in 1982, Laurie Pepper's Widow's Choice Label, has released many excellent posthumous recordings, compiled from her own high-quality tapes of Pepper's live concert performances, as well as those of other dedicated aficionados of his music. Very good++ in blue laminate boards, spine is leaning, spine ends are slightly pushed, nick to head of spine, pages are tight, clean and unmarked. In a very good+ dust jacket, price clipped, mild creasing to head of spine and top of front cover, light wear and nicks to top edge of front flap and bottom edge of front cover, now in mylar sleeve. Very uncommon signed copy. J2314

Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper by Art And Laurie Pepper [SIGNED By Art Pepper]  [SOLD]
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Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper by Art And Laurie Pepper [SIGNED By Art Pepper]  [SOLD]
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Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper by Art And Laurie Pepper [SIGNED By Art Pepper]  [SOLD]
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Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper by Art And Laurie Pepper [SIGNED By Art Pepper]  [SOLD]
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