LIFE BEHIND BARS
will be published on September 15, 2020
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Life Behind Bars, a memoir by sixty-five-year-old Jack DePietro, is the story of a first-generation Italian American who grew up in Nyack, New York, studied jazz drumming at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and then turned his family’s bar, The Office, into a successful music venue. Between 1975 and 1980 The Office on Main Street in the village of Nyack became a home for some of the greatest musicians in the history of jazz.
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“Life Behind Bars was ten years in the making. In the middle of its creation, I suffered a debilitating stroke, which mentally derailed me—as well as this memoir. The stroke shuffled my memory, as if all my mental files had been spread into different folders. I knew the information was there; I just needed to make new synapses and mental associations to retrieve it. I accomplished this through repetitive activities, both physical and mental, in an attempt to stimulate and trigger all my senses. I listened to music, watched countless YouTube videos, tutorials, and documentaries. I exercised daily, meditated, and read. For physical therapy there was nothing better than playing my drums, which I did for hours each day. Eventually I was able to reconnect the dots . . . and the rest is history.”