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- Publisher: Penguin Audio (October 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611762197
- ISBN-13: 978-1611762198
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 195 customer reviews
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About the Author
Donald Fagen was born in 1948 and grew up in New Jersey. He is a graduate of Bard College, where he met musician Walter Becker, with whom he formed Steely Dan. His writing has appeared in Premiere, Slate, Harper’s Bazaar, and Jazz Times. He lives in New York City. Visit donaldfagen.com.
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But he's got a really interesting harmonic sense and he bring so much more to songwriting than I love you I hate you i want to screw. When he writes about someone other than himself he has good things to say. But he seems to have zero idea how lucky he is. Really, it's like his account of Jean Shepherd: Fagen has curdled in his own gifts. He could go into old ancient with a sense of gratitude, humility and grace, or he could go into it whining that the food the caterers provide is subpar.
To the posters whining that this book does not contain a recipe for writing your own Dan tunes: get real. And also get some of the other videos Don and Walt have already done, such as the "Concepts for Jazz/Rock Piano" tutorial in which Donald dissects form, function and harmony of several of his tunes, and the "Making of Aja" video in which Don and Walt pick apart tracks at the mixing board while discussing the ideas and events that shaped one of their most famous works.
And if you think this book is full of references to "obscure" jazz musicians, you must not know much about jazz. The vast majority of musical references are well-known players and composers. I welcomed the chance to hear about the others, and I'm looking them up in order to understand more about the people, ideas, and sounds that influence one of my favorite musicians.
Fagen's analyses of certain musical pieces do occasionally seem a bit over the top; perhaps he couldn't resist pulling out those music-critic skills one last time, or perhaps I'm just not intelligent and artistic enough to hear what he hears in these pieces. And, yeah, sometimes it's painful to get through the less-cheery parts of this book. But you want to understand the man, you have to understand the dark side and the bright side.
Overall, a revealing and entertaining ride-along with a complex human being who happens to be a great musician. I listened to the audiobook and it was like hangin' out with Donald while he crawled inside my computer and loosened up his tie ;-)
Well, it is...but it's a bit of a mixed bag. Some chapters are about his childhood...some chapters are music reviews...and a large part of the book is a sort of journal from a tour a couple years ago with Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs.
It's here that one realizes that the genius also is an unbelievable grouch. He is so neurotic that he elevates complaining about his surroundings and circumstances on the tour to an absolute art form. You shake your head and think you're glad you don't know the guy in person...and then you read a very sweet tribute to his now-deceased stepson and think that there is a tender heart in there somewhere, buried beneath all that hipster cynicism.
I ultimately decided that Fagen is a likable curmudgeon who writes prose as deftly as he writes music. This is a short read, and mostly a fun one...his bitchery is so over-the-top as to make you laugh out loud.