"I flipped out when I heard Monk play. Coltrane was playing sax with him. . . . That’s when I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life."
GET ME OUT OF HERE is a memoir by JEREMY STEIG.
(Complete with black-and-white illustrations and a full-color art gallery by the author)
Jeremy Steig, the acclaimed jazz flutist, was just a teen when his life's path suddenly became clear to him. He soon jumped headlong into the jazz scene of Greenwich Village in the 1960s, where drugs flowed constantly, "free love" was encouraged, and musicians could make a living by simply passing a hat. He was shaped by the influences of not only the Village but also his talented and eccentric family—including his father, cartoonist William Steig (creator of Shrek!); his mother, Liza, a brilliant painter; and his aunt, anthropologist Margaret Mead—as well as the cult-like Reichian community his father was deeply involved in.
With dry wit and a blunt, unapologetic style, Jeremy offers his unique perspective on the events of his life, including a debilitating accident that almost derailed his career before it began, his groundbreaking debut album in 1963, playing for huge audiences around the world, money troubles and multiple divorces, his disappearance from the public eye, and his comeback in the twenty-first century. Illustrated with dozens of Jeremy's drawings, Get Me Out of Here reveals how he finally defied everyone's expectations, left everything behind, and found peace and the love of his life in Japan.