Eminent Hipsters

Eminent Hipsters

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A witty, candid, sharply written memoir by the cofounder of Steely Dan
In his entertaining debut as an author, Donald Fagen--musician, songwriter, and cofounder of Steely Dan--reveals the cultural figures and currents that shaped his artistic sensibility, as well as offering a look at his college days and a hilarious account of life on the road. Fagen presents the "eminent hipsters" who spoke to him as he was growing up in a bland New Jersey suburb in the early 1960s; his colorful, mind-expanding years at Bard College, where he first met his musical partner Walter Becker; and the agonies and ecstasies of a recent cross-country tour with Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs. Acclaimed for his literate lyrics and complex arrangements as a musician, Fagen here proves himself a sophisticated writer with his own distinctive voice.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 159 pages
  • 124.46 x 193.04 x 15.24mm | 136.08g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143126016
  • 9780143126010
  • 467,554

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"[An] excellent. . . and satisfying memoir. This is less about Fagen's career than about his tastes. . .He writes insightfully about music, films, and books. . .with this remorseless, hilarious book, Fagen reveals himself as a first-class grump. . . "Eminent Hipsters" is also a convincing testimonial to the honing effect of a lifelong devotion to the culture of misfits, weirdos and cranks."--"Rolling Stone"
"Fagen is utterly charming when he describes other performers. . .he defends TV and film composer Henry Mancini from charges of fuddy-duddyness. . . his essay on Connie Boswell is the kind of top-notch, incisive cultural critique you ain't gonna get from the likes of Keith Richards. Just like the lyrics he penned for the Dan, Fagen's writing here is charged with a zingy, acerbic intelligence."--Slate.com
"As you would expect from someone who has been one of the most consistently sardonic voices of rock, Fagen can write."--GQ.com
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About Donald Fagen

Donald Fagen's writing has appeared in "Premiere," "Slate," " Harper's Bazaar," and "Jazz Times." He lives in New York City.
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856 ratings
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4 35% (300)
3 38% (321)
2 11% (97)
1 3% (23)
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