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Art Pepper’s Widow Laurie to Publish Memoir

“ART: Why I Stuck with a Junkie Jazzman” available May 16

Art Pepper
Laurie Pepper

Laurie Pepper, the widow of saxophonist Art Pepper, has written a memoir, ART: Why I Stuck with a Junkie Jazzman (APMCorp), described as a companion piece she and the late saxophonist published in 1979, Straight Life. The new volume will be published May 16.

According to a press release, “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 a 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 perfect title’ for her memoir.”

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