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Donald Fagen

Donald Fagen Photo credit: Danny Clinch
Meet Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and The Eminent Hipsters of His New Memoir Who Transformed His Life

November 29, 2013 - After writing songs for nine Steely Dan studio albums as well as four solo discs, Donald Fagen, the co-founder of the band, has turned to another kind of writing, a new memoir,
Eminent Hipsters, published by Viking. The book is split between reminiscences of growing up trapped in suburban “Squaresville” in North Jersey with only books and the radio providing much needed input and a grumpy latter day tour diary. Luckily our conversation, recorded at The Free Library in Philadelphia, deals mostly with the former. Tales of late night radio listening, reading science fiction and then on to Bard College where he met his Steely Dan collaborator Walter Becker. There is much solo and Steely Dan music referenced as well in this wide-ranging interview.

Session Setlist
NIGHTFLY by Donald Fagen from Nightfly
TOMORROW'S GIRLS by Donald Fagen from Kamakiriad
MY OLD SCHOOL by Steely Dan from Countdown to Ecstasy
DO IT AGAIN by Steely Dan from Can't Buy a Thrill
DEACON BLUES by Steely Dan from Aja

Recent Release:Sunken Condos
Release Date:October 16, 2012
Label: Reprise