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Steely Dan interview

Those consummate troublemakers, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, are finally cornered, producing dangerously controversial observations on film, literature, Free Jazz, touring and the music of Steely Dan, undermining nearly every tenet of the music industry. By David Breskin Musician Magazine Three years, two hundred out-takes, a few mistakenly erased tracks, and one shattered shank after […]

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Interview with Robert Klein

“If you’re looking for the 1980-81 Steely Dan tour, this is it. It was three-quarters of a mile long and they had one roadie — the cab driver that brought them here. ” Robert Klein is warming up his audience of less than 200 invited guests in an RCA recording studio on West 44th. Klein […]

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Steely Dan: The Second Coming

By Cameron Crowe Rolling Stone Their new album, held throughout product-glutted summer for just the right moment, accidentally came out the same afternoon as the new Rolling Stones LP. Their first tour in three years was canceled. They haven’t had a hit single since 1974’s “Rikki Don’t Lost That Number.” And still, their sixth and […]

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Steely Dan dare to give a more-open-than-usual interview

By Sylvie Simmons Sounds Magazine It’s not every day that Steely Dan bare their souls to the public. But amid the palm trees and coke bottles at the Bel Air Hotel, all was revealed — if not all, at least a lot for Steely Dan. Warning: at times this interview degenerates into the Becker and Fagan […]

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Fancy Dan

Nobody’s making better music than an unlikely duo named after a dildo By Arthur Lubow New Times Magazine “Very fancy music,” says William Burroughs. He is listening to Black Friday, a rollicking rock and roll song about a stock market crash. He has agreed to hear the music of Steely Dan in the bar of the Boulderado Hotel (a […]

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Recluse Rock

By Janet Maslin and Dewey Gram Newsweek There is something forbidding, even menacing, about them. When they played backup for Jay and the Americans, they were nicknamed “Manson and Starkweather.” But now that singer-keyboardist Donald Fagen and guitarist Walter Becker are the nucleus of Steely Dan, perhaps the best and certainly the most imaginative American […]

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Showbiz Kids: Talking with Jeff Baxter, and a Critical View of Steely Dan

By Chris Briggs ZigZag Magazine Interviewing an American musician is a unique experience. The inevitable myth precedes actuality. Three Steely Dan albums and 18 months of impressions formed within the confines of one’s own stereo systems and no opportunity to see the band play live. Simple manipulation of the media guarantees “cult band” status, and […]

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Reelin’ in from Woolies

Yep. Woolworth’s was where Walter Becker got turned on and Donald Fagen got his Ticket to Ride from the Beatles. Together, they’re the core of Steely Dan, an American cult band catching on in Britain. By Steve Clarke New Music Express Woolworth’s seems hardly the place to get turned on to rock music—that’s where Walter […]

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Counting Down to Headline Status: Steely Dan

By Steven Rosen LA Free Press On Sept. 2, Steely Dan perform their first concert as headliners, that status which lifts the working-class band from the ranks of the bourgeois and places it in the stead of the nobility groups. After only two albums, the quintet has risen from a third-on-the-bill opening band to a […]

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Ultimate Spinach Meets Naked Lunch’s Dildo

By Judith Sims Rolling Stone LOS ANGELES — Steely Dan named itself after William Burroughs’ mighty dildo in Naked Lunch. “We just wanted to give the band a little more thrust than most other bands,” quipped Donald Fagen. It must have been a good idea; the group’s single, “Do It Again,” was a recent Top […]

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