Steely Dan: Reelin' in the Years
by Brian Sweet
An updated biography of Steely Dan, the super-cool jazz rock band with over 50 million albums sold in a 20 year-career. The new edition spans Can't Buy a Thrill released in 1973 and the latest album (their first in two decades) and also details all the intervening solo projects. Includes many photographs and a complete discography.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Omnibus Press
(first published 1994)
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Lou Reed said once he was after a kind of music which fused James Joyce with Little Richard, or words to that effect. Well, he wasn’t being literal (Awop bam boom, stately plump Buck Mulligan, all rootie). What he was imagining was a kind of rock music where you didn’t write down to your audience, you assumed, like grownup novelists do, some level of knowledge and aesthetic appreciation. He may have been a little nettled by the feeling that the wordy folkies who emerged with Dylan and of course...more
Fascinating accounting of a musical phenomenon that by all standards of pop culture should never have achieved the success they did. Having spent many years as a professional musician, touring about the world and swimming amid (some of) the trappings that that accompany that world, I can attest to the trials and tribulations of the music business and the endless parade of sharks and fools marching through in a whirling blur that ultimately can leave you wondering what happened to the ground upon...more
The worst-written book I have ever read. My interest in Steely Dan was the only reason I could push on to the end. This is the only biography of Becker and Fagen that I have ever found so it is essential reading if you love the Dan.
Very detailed and insightful book. This is for die-hard fans as it contains many nuggets of information that pertain to why and what songs from their albums relate to. As I am not a biography fan I found the book a touch tedious but I stuck with it all the same.