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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
If you've ever wondered about Donald Fagan or Steely Dan's origins, this is the book for you! The fact that it is narrated by Fagen himself is a major bonus. While some might not care for the sound of his voice or his laconic manner, I found it to be integral to enjoying the text.
Fagen was born just a few years before me, but the touchpoints of his youth resonated with me. Listening to a transistor radio, transitioning through listening to different styles of music, etc.
As a former performing musician myself, I enjoyed hearing his tales of life on the road -- the good and the bad... well, mostly the bad. But even the bad is funny the way he tells it. Any musician who aspires to be famous enough to tour for a living (or whatever reason) should certainly listen to Fagen's story before getting too excited about what awaits them on the road.
What did you like best about this story?
The scope, from youth to Steely Dan reunion tours, and told by the man himself.
Have you listened to any of Donald Fagen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I'd only heard his music (recordings, radio, one live concert in 2013) and one radio interview. All great stuff, but don't pass over this audiobook.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I listened while commuting. Most audiobooks are way too long to even contemplate sitting or even listening to for 10-30 hours.
Any additional comments?
Buy this audiobook!
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Half of one of my favorite bands talks about his life and touring! Fun listen!