Revue de presse
* Straight Life demonstrates again and again that Pepper had the ear and memory and interpretative lyricism of a first-rate novelist... He did five years in San Quentin and his descriptions of life there are relentless and brilliant... He had no illusions nor did hehave any remorse or self-pity... He was an eloquent and gifted man. New Yorker * One of the most memorable jazz memoirs. Times * A tough, dizzying, hard and honest book that will haunt anybody who opens it. Down Beat * The most powerful, mind-riveting, brutally honest document I've ever read by an artist. Boston Ledger * A shattering portrait of genius confronted with human weakness... possibly the best memoir ever written by a jazz musician. A story that ranks with The Autobiography of Malcolm X in its direct honesty and power. Kansas City Star --New Yorker
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Présentation de l'éditeur
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. 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.