On tour with Donald Fagen

fagenphotocropOne of the purposes of Deskbound Traveller is to broaden ideas of what counts as travel writing, so I’m delighted to be publishing a passage from Eminent Hipsters by Donald Fagen of Steely Dan (left), which I mentioned a while ago and which is out in paperback from Vintage. The first half of the book is what he calls “art-o-biography” – about the cultural figures and currents that helped to make him the musician he is. The second half – in which I’ve managed to find a short extract that would lift out neatly and stand alone, without too many square brackets explaining who’s who – is a sardonic account of a cross-country tour he made with Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs in what they called the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue.

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