Well, this book covers everything in Donald Fagen's life EXCEPT those Steely Dan years, which is kind of interesting that he would leave that out. The first half of the book covers his family's musical lineage, suburban Cold War childhood, and introduction to modern jazz. The second half is structured like a journal following a recent tour across the country with Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald as they play classic jazz standards.
I recommend this book if you're really interested in learning more about Donald Fagen's modern jazz influences, as it is what he writes the most passionately about here. If you grew up around the same time as him, you will enjoy reading about his Jean Shepard experience and college years. But it definitely has a cranky old man "Back in my day...." vibe going on, which I guess is OK because the dude has been doing this for 40 years now. If he wants to use the book to complain about clueless audience members staring at their iPhones, that's fine with me, because I AGREE- nothing sucks the energy from a crowd than people on their phones. Oh, now listen to me- I'm starting to sound old too.
Eminent Hipsters will be available from Viking Publishing October 22, 2013.
10/22 New York, NY - Barnes & Noble
”Upstairs at the Square”
10/24 Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Free Library
Onstage Q&A with David Dye
10/29 Washington, DC - Sixth & I
Onstage Q&A with Cary Sherman
11/06 San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord
Onstage Q&A with Ben Fong-Torres
11/07 Seattle, WA - Town Hall w/Elliott Bay
Onstage Q&A with Ross Reynolds