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Eminent Hipsters by Donald Fagen
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Jul 26, 2014

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Donald Fagen is my kind of writer: ironic, sardonic, pissed off, funny, out of place, out of sorts ... Time Out of Mind ...

Expecting something vaguely Lennon-esque, going in (along the lines of In His Own Write, perhaps) ... or alternately (worst-case scenario), some combination of Bob Dylan's Tarantula and a crap Steely Dan song (and yes, there are those) ... I was pleasantly surprised by several more or less straight-ahead nods to the 'eminent hipsters' in Don's early domain: influences and inspirations like Jean Shepherd and Henry Mancini, and canonical jazz anecdotes combining "maybe you had to be there" with some "wish I was" wistfulness.

The road diary/tour journal which makes up the book's second half took me by surprise, like an unexpected solo or deep blowing changes ... The problem is, there's isn't any head to return to.

Lack of cohesion is something a good song, or book, always wants to avoid - even, or especially, in "jazz" mode.
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