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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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Mood Swings on Broadway

By James Campion For Huffington Post Steely Dan — Beacon Theater — 10/4/13 What you expect from the newest Steely Dan show, Mood Swings: 8 Miles High To Pancake Day Tour, the most recent incarnation of the enigmatic jazz-pop duo of Donald Fagan and Walter Becker — the resurgence of which began two decades ago […]

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Reelin’ in the Years

Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen writes a portrait of the artist as a grumpy old man. By Seth Stevenson Slate.com Late last summer, I noticed that Donald Fagen — one half of the 1970s fusion-rock duo Steely Dan — was playing at the Beacon Theater in New York. I bought a pair of tickets and invited […]

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Steely Dan Conclude 53-Show Tour in NYC

By Jambase Considering the rate at which Steely Dan has toured over the past ten years, it’s easy to forget this is a band that famously didn’t tour during their hey day. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were content for the Dan to be a “studio band” after a brief period of touring in 1972 through 1974. […]

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