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Steely Dan: Reelin' in the Years
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Steely Dan: Reelin' in the Years [Format Kindle]

Brian Sweet

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Reelin' In The Years is the acclaimed biography of Steely Dan, now updated to include details of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's work during the Nineties and beyond, including the latest Steely Dan masterpiece 'Everything Must Go'.

The only book ever to have been published on Steely Dan, it tells the strange tale of how Becker and Fagen, a couple of cynical New York jazz fans, wormed their way into a record contract and astonished critics with their superb debut, Can't Buy A Thrill in 1973. Seven albums later, after Aja had topped charts everywhere, they are among the biggest selling acts in the world. Then they quit, only to reform in 1993 more popular than ever.

But Steely Dan were different from the rest of rock's super-sellers. They rarely gave interviews. After some early bad experiences on the road, they refused to tour. They didn't have their photographs taken. Few people even knew what they looked like. Steely Dan weren't even a proper group; it was two musicians and their producer, yet every top notch player in the world lined up to appear on their albums. They were perfectionists. They were enigmatic. They were very rich. Their music was the coolest around.

In Reelin' In The Years, Brian Sweet, editor and publisher of Metal Leg, the UK based Steely Dan fanzine, draws back the veil of secrecy that has surrounded Becker and Fagen. Here at last is the true story of how they made their music and lived their lives.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1356 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 325 pages
  • Editeur : Omnibus Press; Édition : 3rd Revised edition (4 novembre 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002VL1CBM
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Through With Buzz? 10 novembre 2008
Par Karl J. Hanson - Publié sur
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If you're looking for information about Steely Dan, we can assume that you're either (1) a Baby Boomer or (2) a musically inclined teenager/twenty-something who is doing serious research about 1970's music. As a member of the "Boomers", Steelye Dan's music became hard-wired into my brain as a result of listening to their LP's for countless hours. Sweet's book is just about the only resource out there about this great group. Buy it.

Walter Becker and Donald Fagen are pranksters who rarely gave interviews. When they did talk, they liked telling fibs, intentionally to mislead the interviewer. These guys are two slippery dudes to write about.

I think that Brian Sweet did a great job referencing this book. Even though Sweet wasn't able to interview Becker and Fagen, he interviewed a whole lot of people who have known them and have worked with them. He has compiled information from many articles. And what if Sweet had obtained an interview with B&F? No doubt they would have fed Sweet a scam of lies, laughing "sucker!" behind his back. It was probably best to write about B&F as though they're dead, just to keep the facts straight.

The only critism I have of Sweet's book is extremely minor: He says that the song "Through With Buzz" on "Pretzel Logic" was Steely Dan's worst. Give me a break! That was a very cool song, a lot like the Electric Light Orchestra's stuff. Somebody has to defend this song!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Every good biography of one of America's great songwriting pairs 27 août 2014
Par Scott Hedegard - Publié sur
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One of the most enigmatic pair of musicians in pop rock history, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, aka Steely Dan, co-wrote some of the greatest rock/jazz music ever, and today tour and still record to the delight of their fans, a dogged and fiercely loyal bunch at that, even though we know about the two men's penchant for having no patience for anything they deem stupid, which can give off the impression of aloofness and rudeness that really isn't accurate.
Brian Sweet has done a good job here, not spending much time on childhoods that were apparently quite normal, but rather really starting the story after the pair meet as students at Bard College in New York, discover they both are loners, musicians and fans of jazz music.
As is the case with most very successful bands, we follow Steely Dan through its formative years, the early tours that led to a hiatus for most of the mid to late '70's, the disappearance of either man in the '80's and the successful remergence in the nineties and 00's, that saw the pair working together, first with Fagen on his first solo LP "The Nightfly", and gradually playing live and touring again, along with two Becker solo albums, three for Fagen and two new Steely Dan LP's to add to their brilliant body of work.
Many rock fans like the tales of excess but Becker was apparently the drug abuser who did clean up his act, while Fagen remains relatively chaste in party terms, never having enjoyed the touring excesses, unlike early Dan band lineups who wholeheartedly embraced the rock and roll party culture.
There are a few points to nitpick in an otherwise fine book - "Through With Buzz" is not a dog as Sweet contends, nor is "Everything Must Go" the inferior album the author claims it to be. Face it: Fagen and Becker do not put out inferior records, period. Otherwise, the album is free of trash and flash. Albums are dissected and reviewed, with details about many of the tunes that can be fascinating and the pair by books' end come across more as shy loners who have overcome their reluctance to be a fixture on tour circuits and enjoy mixing it up with audiences all over.
I was lucky to see Steely Dan this summer, and while I would have liked them to play some newer material, and I was disappointed they didn't play "Do It Again" or "Deacon Blues", they still ripped it up live, with great live versions of "Aja", a set highlight, opened the show with a furious "Your Gold Teeth" and had the audience eating out of their hands by the time "Reelin' In The Years" and "Kid Charlemagne" closed the show. Fagen and Becker are geniuses, and fans really should check out this fine book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Steely Dan 18 septembre 2012
Par walker - Publié sur
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Pretty interesting book. Good book for Dan fans. Goes over every album, track for track with quotes from Becker and Fagen as well as Katz and other band members from the past and present. I was glad I read it.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Just OK 3 juin 2009
Par RunninBoyBlue - Publié sur
Book is interesting for Dan fanatics, but a bit esoteric unless you're a very experienced musician. Too much musical jargon without any translation for the common man.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A joy for a Dan fan 18 mai 2009
Par 1 coeur en hiver - Publié sur
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This is the only book about steely dan (and walter & donald), and it's pretty good. Being an avid reader of musical biog. I think it's one of my favourites.
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