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Steely Dan: Reelin' in the Years

Steely Dan: Reelin' in the Years [Kindle Edition]

Brian Sweet
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Reelin' In The Years is the acclaimed biography of Steely Dan, now updated to include details of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's work during the Nineties and beyond, including the latest Steely Dan masterpiece 'Everything Must Go'.

The only book ever to have been published on Steely Dan, it tells the strange tale of how Becker and Fagen, a couple of cynical New York jazz fans, wormed their way into a record contract and astonished critics with their superb debut, Can't Buy A Thrill in 1973. Seven albums later, after Aja had topped charts everywhere, they are among the biggest selling acts in the world. Then they quit, only to reform in 1993 more popular than ever.

But Steely Dan were different from the rest of rock's super-sellers. They rarely gave interviews. After some early bad experiences on the road, they refused to tour. They didn't have their photographs taken. Few people even knew what they looked like. Steely Dan weren't even a proper group; it was two musicians and their producer, yet every top notch player in the world lined up to appear on their albums. They were perfectionists. They were enigmatic. They were very rich. Their music was the coolest around.

In Reelin' In The Years, Brian Sweet, editor and publisher of Metal Leg, the UK based Steely Dan fanzine, draws back the veil of secrecy that has surrounded Becker and Fagen. Here at last is the true story of how they made their music and lived their lives.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1356 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (4 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VL1CBM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 3 Sep 2009
It gave a good insight into the creation of the music and where Walter and Donald came from initially. it was well researched and definitely an interesting read if you're a Steely Dan fan. It is a shame that neither Walter or Donald were interviewed for the book although there was lots of other interview source material used. My biggest criticism is that it wasn't that well written. The text seemed a little muddled at times and I found myself going back over bits to try to understand what they meant. On the whole though, I enjoyed reading the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Back To My Old School! 7 Sep 2014
By Ed
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This is the ideal read for anyone interested in the band and their music (I was one of those lucky enough to see them on their short UK tour in 1974). Perhaps the one thing that would have added to the book for me would have been a table that listed who played what on each track - the information is generally in the text, but not always in an easy to find order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steely Dan Geek? Buy this! 6 Feb 2014
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I bought this updated version for my Kindle for my hols, even though I read the original edition years ago. I forgot just how good this book is. Brian Sweets' research is second to none. Fantastic little gems (Dinky Dawsons mixing on the road. Roger Nichols "Wendel" drum machine etc) are stories within the story, which kept me interested right to the end. I love music biographies and this is up there with the best. 5 Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely worth reading! 10 Jan 2014
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I learnt many things I didn't know about many Musicians I admire. Absolutely worth reading, be it that you are a hardcore Dan fan or not. A few true Roger Nichols gems, too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars And I thought they were a band 24 Aug 2014
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Interesting inside into one my favourite bands. Hadn't realised the extent if musicians used in order to achieve their sound.

Well documented and presented and useful reference when listening to the music.
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