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A Musical Memoir That Surpassed Itself

By Jeff Miers Buffalo News Steely Dan, the band co-founded by Bard College chums Donald Fagen and Walter Becker at the end of the ’60s, made its name by combining the influences of Duke Ellington, R&B, funk and pop with a consistently brilliant strain of lyric-writing that was the very definition of sardonic. That this […]

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‘Eminent Hipsters’ by Donald Fagen – Review

Moments of musical transcendence and life on the road … this dry white whine from the Steely Dan singer is a memoir to savour By Anthony Quinn The Guardian This book is a piece of pure bliss, and it’s not even the book I thought or hoped it would be. When they said a memoir […]

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Donald Fagen: ‘Eminent Hipsters’

By Simon Sweetman offthetracks.co.nz You could never expect a man who made his name by placing the incongruous inside happy-sounding so-slick pop-jazz ditties to write a conventional memoir; Steely Dan is as much a magic act as it is a musical act -– and not just for the fact that you’re either under the spell […]

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The 65-Year-Old Hipster

Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Writes a Not-Quite-Memoir By David Bamundo Wall Street Journal In his 40-plus-year career, Donald Fagen has been praised for his lyrics, both as one of Steely Dan’s co-founders and in his solo work. Now, his nonlyrical writings have been collected in Eminent Hipsters, a not-quite-memoir released by Viking and celebrated at […]

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Smart Alec at the Disco

Steely Dan and the sleazebag seventies, through the ironic lens of Donald Fagen’s Eminent Hipsters. By Alexandra Molotkow randomhouse.ca/hazlitt I love Steely Dan, but until recently I had them all wrong. When I was a kid they seemed to me like ambassadors of the ’70s, the decade in which it was socially acceptable for grown […]

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Donald Fagen Just ‘Being Honest’ in New Book

In new book Donald Fagen lets his thoughts roam- and they’re not all kind By Christopher Borrelli Chicago Tribune Donald Fagen of the band Steely Dan has a new book and tour diary, Eminent Hipsters. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune) Ever wonder what the typical rock star is thinking about on stage? Playing the same songs […]

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Donald Fagen’s ‘Eminent Hipsters’

By John Mulvey uncut.co.uk In his excellent Uncut review of the Morrissey Autobiography, Michael alludes to the get-out clause afforded rock memoirists post-Chronicles: why bother obfuscating certain awkward details when you can, by being capricious with time and chronology, just skip the difficult stuff? Since my reading of Morrissey’s book has thus far been limited […]

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‘Eminent Hipsters’

By Daniel Scheffler Edge on the Net There’s nothing quite like a music man revealing his thoughts on the world, to the world. Everyone perks up his ears and squints his eyes for this kind of revelation. And this comes as great pleasure from cofounder (also front man and keyboardist) of Steely Dan, Mister Donald […]

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Review: ‘Eminent Hipsters’

‘Eminent Hipsters’ is a witty, erudite selection of essays by Steely Dan’s grumpy old frontman, Donald Fagen By Bernadette McNulty The (London) Telegraph I remember the first time a friend presented me with a Steely Dan CD. It was both a gift and a test, an initiation into music beyond what then, among Nineties rave […]

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Donald Fagen’s Curious Memoirs Released

By Dylan Jones GQ Magazine – UK As an eminent hipster himself, Donald Fagen is more than adequately qualified to write about cool. As one half of Steely Dan, and as a solo artist, Fagen has been responsible for some of the coolest music of the last fifty years. Not content with creating what many […]

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