Many people say Art Pepper was the greatest alto-saxophonist of the post-Charlie Parker era. He was also a drug addict who spent most of his life in and out of jail, deemed too crazy to be trusted with a gun by his own criminal pals. Unsurprisingly this makes his autobiography one of the greatest music books most people have never read.
Straight Life gives a brutally honest insight not only into the mind of a musical genius, but also the seedy allure of a smack-fuelled underworld which gripped the jazz scene during Pepper's reign.
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