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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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‘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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Memoir Is a Tell-Some, Not a Tell-All

By Mark Reynolds PopMatters.com There are some things we know about the rock band Steely Dan. First, it hasn’t been a band in the conventional sense for most of its existence. Second, their songs, with jazz-inflected structures and worldwise, often cryptic stories, have never seized center stage in the pop landscape, even as they’ve sold […]

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Eminent Hipsters, by Donald Fagen

By Peter Aspden The Financial Times Eminent Hipsters by Donald Fagen Jonathan Cape RRP£16.99/Viking, RRP$26.95 176 pages As befits a musician who made merry and smart during the golden age of the vinyl album, Donald Fagen, co-founder and frontman of Steely Dan, has split this collection of autobiographical essays into two, violently contrasting, sides. Side […]

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Reeling in the Years With Sour Reflection

By Janet Maslin The New York Times If you like Steely Dan’s greatest hits too much, Donald Fagen of that band probably hates you already. You may be one of the “TV babies” who illegally download those songs, show up at his concerts expecting to hear familiar hits, have no patience for anything soulful or […]

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Hey 19 — You Suck!

By Elias Leight Paste Magazine Eminent Hipsters by Donald Fagen of Steely Dan coheres loosely: It’s a series of semi-biographical but not necessarily related essays—reflecting on Fagen’s youth and musical influences—combined with a tour diary from 2012. Fagen reminisces about seeing jazz greats at the Village Vanguard, joins the Sci-Fi Book Club and comments on […]

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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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