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Autobiography of Art Pepper

STRAIGHT LIFE

The book I ordered last month (September) on Amazon has arrived a few days ago. It is titled "Straight Life."

Straight Life: The Story Of Art Pepper [Paperback] by Pepper, Art; Pepper... [Paperback]
By: Art Pepper (Author), Laurie Pepper (Author)

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The book is the autobiography of Art Pepper (1925 - 1982), one of the most famous alto saxophone player in the world. I love his alto, have been collecting his numerous records. My alias "ArtSalt" is named after him.

"Straight Life" describes Pepper’s life that is filled with sex, violence, drugs, alcohol, prison, hospitals, Synanon and a lot of other surprising events making me sorry and depressed. It was translated into my mother tongue Japanese by Swing Journal Company Japan, and I’ve already started to read it in Japanese. The English paperback might be useful to me training reading.

YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC
OVER THE RAINBOW

"You And The Night And The Music" was composed by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz. "Over The Rainbow" from a movie "The Wizard of Oz", famous for the song of Judy Garland, was composed by Dorothy Papadakos and Paul Halley. The date was recorded under the name of pianist-arranger Marty Paich in Los Angeles, 1956.

Excerpts from the book

Here are the quotations from the Art Pepper's "Straight Life." What a life! I translated them into Japanese.

WHILE I WAS in quentin the last time I got a letter from a counselor at the women's prison at Corona. She said that Diane was there at the CRC, a lightweight prison for little kids and lame little girls that I was never able to go to: I was too evil and bad, a wild monster convict. Diane wanted to write to me, so her counselor wrote first to make sure I wanted to correspond. I wrote back and said yeah, sure, because I was already formulating a plan.
I had never been able to do all I wanted to do to Diane. I'd put her through a lot, but we've gotten hooked again and that had stopped it.

クウェンティン刑務所にいたころ、コロナの女子刑務所のカウンセラーから手紙が来た。それによると、ダイアンはCRCにいるというんだ。そこは少年と女性の軽犯罪犯の刑務所で、重罪を犯した私のような怪物には縁のないところでね、ダイアンは私に手紙を書きたがっている。それでカウンセラーが、私が手紙のやりとりをしたいかどうか確かめたわけだ。私は返事を書いた。「もちろんです」。そのときの私は既にある計画を練っていたからね。
私はまだダイアンに対してやりたかったことを十分にやっていなかった。かなりひどい目に遭わせてやったけど、ふたたび私たちはふたりとも逮捕されてしまい、そのせいでダイアンに対する復讐が不十分だったんだ。

I kept writing to Diane, telling her I was out and everything was great and I was going to send her money and I was going to come and visit her. Here I was for the first time with her in prison and me out, and she's dying for a visit. I'd tell her, "Don't worry, I'll be up as soon as I can. I'll send you money. I love you."

私はダイアンに手紙を書き続けたよ。「出所した。すべてが順調だ。お金を送る。面会に行くよ」。この時点で初めて、私がシャバにいて、彼女がムショにいる、という状況になったわけさ。そして彼女は私が来るのを切望している。こんな手紙を書いたもんだよ。「心配しなくていい。できるだけ早くそっちに行く。お金を送る。愛しているよ」。

I didn't visite her. I wrote her and said, "Wow, I'm sorry, but something came up and I couldn't make it. I'll be up next weekend without fail. Be all ready. I'll be there at such-and-such a time." Again I didn't go.

彼女に会いに行くことはなかった。手紙にはこう書いてやったんだ。「あー、ごめん。用事ができてしまったんだ。今度の週末には間違いなく行くから準備していてくれ。これこれの日に行くからね」。だけど面会には行かないんだ。これを繰り返したわけさ。

I never saw Diane again. She got out and went back, and when she got out again she was dying, and she tried to reach me, but by the time I heard about it, it was too late. She was dead.

ふたたびダイアンに会うことはなかった。結局彼女は出所して戻ってきたけど、そのときは死にかけていた。私に連絡をとろうとしたらしい。でも、その話を聞いたときはもう遅かった。彼女はもう死んでいたんだ。

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