Steely Dan's Donald Fagen Meet The Author Event


I intend to get in line really early - like at 5:30ish. We will meetup in line ( of course, I imagine most will get there not as early as me). I am told there is a parking lot behind the library. My cell is[masked]-2702.

Imaginative musician and songwriter Donald Fagen is best known as the cofounder, along with Walter Becker, and lead singer of the rock band Steely Dan. Now you can add " Author" to his resume as his new book "Eminent Hipsters" will be published two days before this event takes place.

Paragons of subversive 1970s music, the band combined pop hooks with sleek jazz harmonies, complicated time changes, cryptic lyrics, and Fagen’s distinctive vocals. Called “The perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Steely Dan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Fagen released his fourth solo album, Sunken Condos, in 2012.

In the book, he recalls the important cultural figures and currents that shaped his music and recounts his life on the road. He  presents a group of vivid set pieces in his entertaining debut as an author, from portraits of the cultural figures and currents that shaped him as a youth to an account of his college days and of life on the road.

Fagen begins by introducing the “eminent hipsters” that spoke to him as he was growing up in a bland New Jersey suburb in the early 1960s, among them Jean Shepherd, whose manic nightly broadcasts out of WOR-Radio “enthralled a generation of alienated young people”; Henry Mancini, whose swank, noirish soundtracks left their mark on him; and Mort Fega, the laid-back, knowledgeable all-night jazz man at WEVD who was like “the cool uncle you always wished you had.” He writes of how, coming of age during the paranoid Cold War era, one of his primary doors of escape became reading science fiction, and of his invigorating trips into New York City to hear jazz. “Class of ’69” recounts Fagen’s colorful, mind-expanding years at Bard College, the progressive school north of New York City, where he first met his future musical partner Walter Becker. “With the Dukes of September” offers a cranky, hilarious account of the ups and downs of a recent cross-country tour Fagen made with Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald, performing a program of old R&B and soul tunes as well as some of their own hits.

Longtime Philadelphia radio personality David Dye has won accolades for his style and presentation at various stations over the course of his distinguished broadcasting career and will interview Fagen that night. Since launching World Café—a unique program of contemporary sounds from legendary and emerging artists—Dye has served as the host of this nationally acclaimed show. 

There will not be a book signing at this event. Pre-signed books will be for sale in the lobby.

Doors open at 6:45 and the event starts at 7:30.


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  • Daren L.

    I really liked Donald's dry wit. I think the questions posed could have been better, and all that shaking worried me.

    October 25, 2013

  • Suzanne

    I am so sorry I was unable to make it. Something ran late at my work, and I'm disappointed since I wanted to be there.

    October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    might make it but not sure yet......

    October 24, 2013

  • Tom E

    Here at front of line number 5

    October 24, 2013

  • Lisa

    Sorry to have to miss at the last minute...hope to see you all at
    a future event. Enjoy!

    October 24, 2013

  • Tom E

    I intend to get in line really early - like at 5:30ish. We will meetup in line ( of course, I imagine most will get there not as early as me). I am told there is a parking lot behind the library. My cell is[masked]

    October 24, 2013

  • Michael

    Sounds great!! Big fan with Great interest

    October 23, 2013

  • James E. D. K.

    The Royal Scammer lands in the City of Royal Scams!
    I love It!

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • Joan S.

    Sadly, I'll instead be attending a Meet the Author event with Donald Fagen, whose name no real fan would ever misspell. Who is this "Donald Fagan" fellow?

    1 · October 21, 2013

    • Tom E

      He is the same man in the write up where his name is spelled correctly. Amazing so many signed up!

      October 21, 2013

  • Suzanne

    Does anyone know if there is a lot or what the parking situation is like at the Free Library? Thank you.

    October 18, 2013

    • Stephen C.

      There is a municipal parking lot in the back, there is also street parking payable by kiosk on the street, but not as much as there used to be since

      1 · October 21, 2013

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