Steely Dan Essential Singles

By Ed Masley The Arizona Republic Jazz-loving soft-rock perfectionists Donald Fagen and Walter Becker topped some of the ’70s’ most sophisticated pop recordings with lyrical portraits of life on the dark side, casting a cynical eye with black humor and pathos on the American Dream as it was being acted out on a cocaine binge […]

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The Band Still Mixes it up After All These Years

By Rozanna M. Martinez Journal Staff Writer Albuquerque, NM — Playing for Steely Dan for about 15 years never gets routine, according to the band’s guitarist Jon Herington. The band always finds ways to switch it up during live shows even though some Steely Dan classics were written so well that Herington sometimes prefers to keep […]

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Dan Cools Down Hot Summer Nights

By Felice Lineberry Redmond Reporter Contributor  REDMOND, Wash. — With the excellent weather we have been receiving, Marymoor Park was cooled down with the breezy sounds of Steely Dan this past weekend. Originating members Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, along with their 11-piece band, played both Saturday and Sunday nights as part of their Jamalot Ever After […]

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Herington Looks Back at 15 Years

By Robert Ham Special to The Oregonian PORTLAND, Oregon — Until 1999, Jon Herington had been living the life of most well regarded but little known guitar players. The New Jersey native was grabbing gigs in studios and in clubs where he could get them, playing in the backing band for Broadway musicals, and teaching […]

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Review: Eminent Hipsters

By Paddy Kehoe RTE.ie Since their formation in the early Seventies, their days of hit single success and the seigneurial, yet still frantic years of the present, Donald Fagen has led Steely Dan through thick and thin. That jazz-inflected, but essentially rock combo has always been a long-tailed ensemble of commissioned musicians gathered around the […]

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Icon: Donald Fagen

By Dylan Jones GQ Magazine – UK As one half of Steely Dan, Donald Fagen was responsible for what many consider to be one of the greatest albums ever made, 1977’s jazz-infused masterpiece, Aja. With a career that has seen him veer from rock stardom to pathological secrecy, via long periods of inactivity, Fagen remains one of the […]

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Donald Fagen’s Steely Love of Jazz Radio

By Ben Fong-Torres For the San Francisco Chronicle It wasn’t his fault, but Donald Fagen, half of Steely Dan and a fine artist on his own, stood up San Francisco. Fagen, author of the delightful book, Eminent Hipsters, was going to be in town at the Swiss American Hall on Nov. 6. I was engaged […]

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‘Eminent Hipsters’ Review

By Austin Trunick undertheradarmag.com This collection of autobiographical essays from Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen -— who might otherwise have become a journalist, or an English teacher, as he explains here -— primarily focuses on early influences that found him in Cold War-era suburban New Jersey during his youth, up through his early adulthood and too-square-to-be-a-hippie […]

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The Steely Dan Reader: 4 decades of interviews and reviews on Steely Dan

Welcome to The Steely Dan Reader

Welcome to the Steely Dan Reader, formerly called the Steely Dan Internet Resource. This site is home to more than four decades of interviews, profiles and concert reviews of Steely Dan and its founders, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. We also maintain the text archives of Metal Leg, the great newsletter that from 1987 through […]

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‘Eminent Hipsters’ Review

By Alan Light The New York Times Eminent Hipsters By Donald Fagen Viking, $26.95. Eminent Hipsters isn’t a memoir, but rather two projects stuck together: a series of essays Fagen (best known as half of Steely Dan, a band rarely mentioned in the book) calls “a kind of art-o-biography — that is, how the stuff […]

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