Machiavelli and Republicanism (Ideas in Context)

  • Publish Date: 1993-01-01
  • Binding: Paperback
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In Eminent Hipsters musician and songwriter Donald Fagen best known as the co founder of the rock band Steely Dan presents an autobiographical portrait that touches on everything from the cultural figures that mattered the most to him as a teenager to his years in the late 1960s at Bard College to a hilarious account of a recent tour he made with Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald Fagen begins by introducing the eminent hipsters that spoke to him as he was growing up and desperately yearning to be hip in suburban New Jersey in the late 1950s and early 1960s The figures who influenced him most were not the typical ones u Miles Davis say or Jack Kerouac u but rather people like Jean Shepherd whose manic acidic nightly radio broadcasts out of WOR Radio had a tough realism about life and enthralled a generation of alienated young people Henry Mancini whose chilled out nourish soundtracks especially to films by Blake Edwards utilised the unconventional spare instrumentation associated with the cool jazz school and Mort Fega the laid back knowledgeable all night jazz man at WEVD who was like the cool uncle you always wished you had He writes of how growing up as a Cold War baby one of his primary doors of escape became reading science fiction by such authors as Philip K Dick and of his regular trips into New York City to hear jazz Other emblematic musical heroes Fagen writes about include Ray Charles Ike Turner and the Boswell Sisters a trio from the 1920s and 30s whose subversive musical genius included trick phrasing and way out harmony Class of 69 recounts Fagen s colourful tumultuous years at Bard College the progressive university north of New York City that attracted a strange mix of applicants including desperate suburban misfits with impressive verbal skills but appalling high school records like himself It was at Bard that Fagen first met Walter Becker with whom he would later form Steely Dan The final section of th