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How the Walter Becker Obits Got Steely Dan All Wrong

Sad to see that Walter Becker, the great guitarist and songwriting partner of Donald Fagen in the redoubtable Steely Dan, died last week at the age of 67. Sadder yet, most obituaries wrote off the Becker/Fagen lyrics as (in the … Continue reading

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Why the Wall Street Journal Is a Great Newspaper (‘Deacon Blues’ Edition)

Friday’s Wall Street Journal featured the latest in the paper’s terrific Anatomy  of a Song series: this installment by Marc Myers. ‘They Call Alabama The Crimson Tide’ As midlife-crisis songs go, Steely Dan’s “Deacon Blues” ranks among the most melodic and existential. Recorded … Continue reading

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