Major Dudes: A Steely Dan Companion

byBarney Hoskyns

Hardcover | February 6, 2018

Major Dudes: A Steely Dan Companion by Barney Hoskyns
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'An indispensable compendium for Steely Dan fans'The Wire

At its core a creative marriage between Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, Steely Dan are one of the defining and bestselling American rock acts of the last half-century, recording several of the cleverest and best-produced albums of the '70s - from the breathlessly catchyCan't Buy a Thrillto the sleekly sinisterGaucho.

In the '90s they returned to remind us of how sorely we had missed their elegance and erudition, subsequently recordingTwo Against NatureandEverything Must Goduring the following decade. They have sold close to forty-five million albums.

'A lot of people think of them as the epitome of boring '70s stuff,' novelist William Gibson said in 1993, when Becker and Fagen toured for the first time in nineteen years. 'They don't realize this is probably the most subversive material pop has ever thrown up.'

Now fully embraced by the 'Yacht Rock' generation - semi-ironic devotees of '70s Southern-California slickness - Steely Dan no longer polarize lo-fi punks and studio geeks in the way they used to. In 2001 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Major Dudescollects some of the smartest and wittiest interviews Becker and Fagen have ever given, along with insightful reviews of - and commentary on - their extraordinary songs. Compiled by Rock's Backpages editor Barney Hoskyns, the book's contributors include Charles Shaar Murray, Robert Palmer, Ian MacDonald, Bud Scoppa, Penny Valentine, Fred Schruers, Sylvie Simmons and Michael Watts.

Barney Hoskyns is the co-founder and editorial director of online rock-journalism library Rock's Backpages (, and author of several books includingAcross the Great Divide: The Band & America(1993),Waiting for the Sun: Strange Days, Weird Scenes, & the Sound of Los Angeles(1996),Hotel California: Singer-So...
Title:Major Dudes: A Steely Dan CompanionFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:336 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 0.98 inPublished:February 6, 2018Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1472127560

ISBN - 13:9781472127563

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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