Reviews

  • Nerdishly clever, entertainingly original and even a moving reconfiguration of the memoir format.

    Bernadette McNulty, Sunday Telegraph
  • Fagen, as you might expect, is an elegant and erudite writer.

    John Mulvey, Uncut
  • If you're a Dan fan you should read this book. If you're not a Dan fan you should read it anyway.

    The Afterword
  • Part memoir, part personal dissertation, and it makes for an enjoyable, if brief, read.

    Dylan Jones, GQ
  • A curious little autobiographical volume by another hero of long ago, Donald Fagen, once and again of Steely Dan.

    Spectator
  • Eminent Hipsters is regularly funny and insightful.

    Sunderland Echo / Dorset Echo
  • I would like to be given Eminent Hipsters.

    Sebastian Faulks, Observer
  • An excellent, albeit slim, collection of essays about the Steely Dan singer’s formative teenage influences as "a subterranean in gestation with a real nasty cast of otherness".

    Andy Gill, Independent
  • A memoir of inspired essayism and darkly comic recollection which barely touches on Steely Dan yet utterly satisfies.

    Mat Snow, Mojo
  • This is moaning of the highest order — jazz moaning, you might call it — and Fagen keeps it up for 70 brilliant, hilarious pages. For the intelligent, grumpy old music fan, only one of these books needs to be bought as a present this Christmas, and it’s not Morrissey’s.

    Markus Berkmann, Spectator

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