Donald Fagen Work Of Memoir And Criticism Due In October


Donald Fagen of Steely Dan will make his debut as an author this fall with the release of Eminent Hipsters. The book is described as "A witty, revealing, sharply written work of memoir and criticism" in an listing. Eminent Hipsters has a release date of October 22 according to Amazon.

Here's the full description of the book from the Amazon listing:

Musician and songwriter Donald Fagen presents a group of vivid set pieces in his entertaining debut as an author, from portraits of the cultural figures and currents that shaped him as a youth to an account of his college days and of life on the road.

Fagen begins by introducing the “eminent hipsters” that spoke to him as he was growing up in a bland New Jersey suburb in the early 1960s, among them Jean Shepherd, whose manic nightly broadcasts out of WOR-Radio “enthralled a generation of alienated young people”; Henry Mancini, whose swank, noirish soundtracks left their mark on him; and Mort Fega, the laid-back, knowledgeable all-night jazz man at WEVD who was like “the cool uncle you always wished you had.” He writes of how, coming of age during the paranoid Cold War era, one of his primary doors of escape became reading science fiction, and of his invigorating trips into New York City to hear jazz. “Class of ’69” recounts Fagen’s colorful, mind- expanding years at Bard College, the progressive school north of New York City, where he first met his future musical partner Walter Becker. “With the Dukes of September” offers a cranky, hilarious account of the ups and downs of a recent cross-country tour Fagen made with Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald, performing a program of old R&B and soul tunes as well as some of their own hits.

Acclaimed for the elaborate arrangements and jazz harmonies of his songs, Fagen proves himself a sophisticated writer with a very distinctive voice in this engaging book.

We look forward to reading about his old school, when he was 19 and time spent listening to FM radio.

In less than a month Steely Dan will hit the road for a lengthy tour.


  • 07/19/13 Fri Revel Ovation Hall Atlantic City, NJ
  • 07/20/13 Sat Constellation Brands Canandaigua, NY
  • 07/21/13 Sun Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Toronto, ON
  • 07/23/13 Tue Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica Cleveland, OH
  • 07/24/13 Wed Fraze Pavilion Dayton, OH
  • 07/26/13 Fri The Louisville Palace Theater Louisville, KY
  • 07/27/13 Sat Fox Theatre Detroit, MI
  • 07/28/13 Sun Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI
  • 07/30/13 Tue The Embassy Theatre Fort Wayne, IN
  • 08/01/13 Thu Ravinia Pavilion Highland Park, IL
  • 08/02/13 Fri Ravinia Pavilion Highland Park, IL
  • 08/03/13 Sat Murat Theatre @ Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN
  • 08/05/13 Mon Peabody Opera House St. Louis, MO
  • 08/06/13 Tue Orpheum Theater Omaha, NE
  • 08/08/13 Thu Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO
  • 08/10/13 Sat Red Butte Garden Amphitheater Salt Lake City, UT
  • 08/11/13 Sun Idaho Botanical Gardens Boise, ID
  • 08/13/13 Tue McMenamins Edgefield Troutdale, OR
  • 08/15/13 Thu Marymoor Park Redmond, WA
  • 08/17/13 Sat America's Cup Pavilion San Francisco, CA
  • 08/18/13 Sun Reno Events Center Reno, NV
  • 08/20/13 Tue Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara, CA
  • 08/21/13 Wed Humphreys Concerts By The Bay San Diego, CA
  • 08/23/13 Fri Pearl Concert Theater Las Vegas, NV
  • 08/24/13 Sat Nokia Theatre LA LIVE Los Angeles, CA
  • 08/25/13 Sun Nokia Theatre LA LIVE Los Angeles, CA
  • 08/28/13 Wed Bass Concert Hall Austin, TX
  • 08/30/13 Fri Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX
  • 08/31/13 Sat Verizon Theatre Grand Prairie, TX
  • 09/03/13 Tue The Midland by AMC Kansas City, MO
  • 09/04/13 Wed Brady Theater Tulsa, OK
  • 09/06/13 Fri Mud Island Amphitheatre Memphis, TN
  • 09/07/13 Sat Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Alpharetta, GA
  • 09/08/13 Sun St. Augustine Amphitheatre St. Augustine, FL
  • 09/11/13 Wed Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
  • 09/12/13 Thu Mizner Park Amphitheatre Boca Raton, FL
  • 09/14/13 Sat Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL
  • 09/15/13 Sun North Charleston Performing Arts Center Charleston, SC
  • 09/17/13 Tue Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater Charlotte, NC
  • 09/18/13 Wed Red Hat Amphitheater Raleigh, NC
  • 09/20/13 Fri Jiffy Lube Live Bristow, VA
  • 09/21/13 Sat Mann Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA
  • 09/24/13 Tue Wang Theatre Boston, MA
  • 09/25/13 Wed Wang Theatre Boston, MA
  • 09/27/13 Fri Sands Bethlehem Event Center Bethlehem, PA
  • 09/28/13 Sat Foxwoods Resort and Casino Mashantucket, CT
  • 09/30 - 10/08/13 Beacon Theatre New York, NY

    [Hat Tip - @stearlewine]

  • [Published on: 6/22/13]

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