I had lots of fun listening to emusic‘s audio book version of Donald Fagen’s “Eminent Hipsters”, read by himself. It is not a regular autobiography but a collection of articles, “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” (publisher’s description). The book is both insightful and hilarious.
The main piece is a grouchy diary of a The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue tour Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen did with Michel McDonald and Boz Scaggs from 2010. Favorite quote: “By the way, I’m not posting this journal on the Internet. Why should I let you lazy, spoiled TV Babies read it for nothing in the same way you download all those songs my partner and I sacrificed our entire youth to write and record, not to mention the miserable, friendless childhoods we endured that left us with lifelong feelings of shame and self-reproach we were forced to countervail with a fragile grandiosity and a need to constantly prove our self-worth — in short, with the sort of personality disorders that ultimately turned us into performing monkeys?”