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Major Dudes: A Steely Dan Companion Paperback – September 17, 2019
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She drinks the zombie from the cocoa shell
She feels alright, she get it on tonight Mister driver Take me where the music play Papa say...0
I became an interested listener of Steely Dan and a fan ever since. Every opportunity that arose since, I wanted to hear and know more about this music. The music of Steely Dan.
"You like Steely Dan, I like them too" This book ' Major Dudes' is a collection of interviews with Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, or Fagen and Becker, although DF has more exposure in this 297 pages of recollections and opinions from the contributors. Note that this book was published in the UK which might require a dictionary for the several "25 cent words" that one might stumble upon.
The insight of their song build offered by the writers/arrangers was may favorite take-away.
Always love Walter Becker's input; wish I could think on my toes like that.
Donalds impressions from his exposures growing up are impressive. Mostly because they stuck. Can you image your dreams coming true.
And in the end; you probably came here because you love all things Steely Dan.
- 6 chapters / 37 sub-chapters.
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The trouble is that though Steely Dan made at least six of the most incredible albums of the 70s, the band didn't have a personality which stood for anything inspiring (besides outstanding musicianship and sound recording). For those of us who were British teenagers in the 1970s, the lyrics referred to exotic American locales, but they were cynical, with no overriding theme or direction that I could detect. I adored the Dan for their music, and nothing else. This volume does nothing to improve my impressions of Becker and Fagen, and I still know next to nothing about how they wrote their compositions. I remember them doing a phone-in on Nicky Horne's "Your Mother Wouldn't Like It" when they were in London to promote The Royal Scam. That is how I would like to remember them, not through this patchy, repetitive volume.
Generally speaking, the best bits either come from writers who offer insight and analysis (Charles Shaar Murray, Ian Penman) or when Becker and Fagen are quoted directly (their comments aren't exactly enlightening, but they're generally amusing). However the weight is strongly towards reportage rather than analysis, so if you're already reasonably well-informed about the Dan (and it's hard to see who else the book could be aimed at), you're unlikely to learn much more from it.
The e-book edition is relatively inexpensive so there's not too much to lose if you're still interested, but don't expect too much.