Art Art Pepper Told His Sexy, Sordid, And Exciting True Adventure Stories To His Lover, Laurie, Who Put Them In A Book She Quizzed Him And Those Who Knew Him Unrelentingly Over Seven Years, Editing And Structuring A Narrative To Which She Dedicated All Her Energy Straight Life By Art And Laurie Pepper Da Capo Was Published In 1979 It Was Critical Success And Remains A Classic Of Its Kind, The Subject Of College Literary And Music Studies Laurie Went On To Marry Art And Manage His Resurgent Career, Touring The World With His Band Why I Stuck With A Junkie Jazzman Was The Headline Some Editor Gave A Newspaper Interview Laurie Did While The Band Was In Australia In 1981, And She S Now Stolen That That Perfect Title For Her Memoir ART Why I Stuck With A Junkie Jazzman APMCorp , Describes Her Marriage To The Deeply Troubled, Drug Addicted, Madly Gifted Artist That Marriage Was The Making Of Me, Says Laurie Some People Go To Grad School Or Join The Marines I Married A Genius Who Valued And Inspired Me And Challenged Me To Use MY Gifts We Had A Difficult, Powerful Partnership I Had To Tell That Story She Says She Also Needs To Set The Record Straight And Clarify Her Role People Think I Was Some Kind Of Little Wifey Saint Who Rescued Him And Art Encouraged Them In That But He Knew How Truly Crazy I Could Be We Rescued Each Other. Straight Life which I also reviewed here is one of the greatest jazz autobiographies of all time and this recently published autobiography from Art s last wife and the person who recorded what Art said and actually wrote it down in Straight Life is a marvellous companion to it Laurie truly believed in Art despite his many many, many, many faults and saw his as a musical genius he was truly one of the greatest players of alto and soprano sax of all time This book offers insight of course into how
ART Why I Stuck with a Junkie Jazzman Laurie Pepper 358 Pages ISBN 978 1494297572 Art Pepper Music Corporation 2014 About two thirds the way through her memoir, ART Why I Stuck with a Junkie Jazzman Laurie Pepper plants her spear in the dirt and declares the obvious A question I ask myself is if Art hadn t had me there constantly assessing his mood, taking his aesthetic temperature, would he then have had to push his vision by himself I think somebody else, another friend or lover, might have done itBut what matters here, to me in my story, is that it was me who paid attention and was listened to I played an important part in this and other projects of undoubted value and knew it at the time and was thrilled and am proud now And it is about time Thirty five years after the original publication of Straight Life The Story of Art Pepper Da Capo, 1994, revised edition and nearly as long after the alto saxophonist s early death at 56, Laurie Pepper has finally put a fine point on a hard truth, though, I think she sells herself short in her belief that someone might have been there to hold Art Pepper s hand and accomplish what she did That is unlikely In Straight Life and the present text, Art Pepper did not demonstrate the life skills necessary to manage the logistics of the Village Vanguar
I ll admit it I sometimes buy re issues of Art Pepper material I already own if I learn that Laurie Pepper has written new notes for them This is almost 400 pages of the same, and that s a great thing her writing is fresh, intelligent, insightful, and it reads beautifully She has a true writer s eye for telling detail and conveys events wo
First off the author is telling her story so this type of story is a hard one to give a review so personal on so many different levels, but I will try to give you what I truly felt when I read this story.The author tales of addictions of all sorts, to the music of his not hers, to the life they lead, to the many encounters of fans and friends, constant grueling tours, schedules, recording sessions. and don t forget the drugs, the next high to high No recreational drugging, hmm A saxophonists career revive, the author s pure diligence to accomplish it Art is the saxophonist, the talented world renowned saxophonist Laurie breathes Art, breathes in her love for him but there s to this story This book opened the doors to a courage take of life, the traps and pitfalls but yet the guts to stick in there and make it happen The writing style of wit and humor mixed in the compassion ma
A wonderful easy to read story of a love that conquered the very many diverse challenges thrown at it..two people who were made to share the time they did together A story of a genius musician who was also an alcoholic, a drug addict and a very needy person and a woman who loved him for who he was, all his faults and his needs and wants, and the time they shared.A story of their
On the outside looking in, we often ask why Why would someone stay Laurie gives us than a glimpse behind the closed door of the dysfunctional relationship that defined her Brilliance often comes from a tortured soul Laurie Pepper s pure and honest in telling her story.

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Art
  • Laurie Pepper
  • English
  • 25 April 2017
  • 9781494297572