Art Pepper's autobiography Straight Life (558 pages) is
available on Da Capo Press. It's a brutal up-close look at the life
of a "junkie" whose life when not trying to "cop a fix" was only about
I found it to be an interesting read just as a jazz Bio. regardless of it's being about a man whose music I dearly love.
It's certain to be available via the Official Art Pepper website ArtPepper.com.
|The Art Pepper Companion is a year 2000 release, by Todd
Selbert, Art's acknowledged and indefatiguable Sessionographer/
Discographer, on Cooper Square Press. It is a collection of
articles from many sources collected over the years. Included are
Martin Williams,Dan Morgenstern, Whitney Balliet, Ted Gioia, Gary
Giddens and many others.
I enjoyed this as a reference work. Many of these writers highlighted things I'd never thought about before in Art's music.
Also certain to be available via the Official Art Pepper website ArtPepper.com.