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Author Pappademas, Alex, author.

Title Quantum criminals : ramblers, wild gamblers, and other sole survivors from the songs of Steely Dan / liner notes by Alex Pappademas ; paintings by Joan LeMay.

Publication Info. Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2023.


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Edition First edition.
Description 268 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
Series American music series
American music series (Austin, Tex.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Jack -- Walter -- Donald -- King Richard/King John -- Lady Bayside -- Chino & Daddy Gee -- Michael/Jesus -- The Charmer -- The Fella in the White Tuxedo -- Dan -- David -- Mr. Whatever -- Louise -- Cathy -- The El Supremo -- The King of the World -- Rikki -- The Major Dude -- Mr. Parker -- Buzz -- Napoleon -- The Archbishop -- Dr. Wu -- Mr. Lapage -- Owsley -- A Bookeeper's Son -- The Eagles -- Babs & Clean Willie -- The Old Man -- Pepe -- A Wooly Man Without a Face -- Peg -- Sayoko -- Peter/Tariq/Daniel -- The Expanding Man -- Broadway Duchess -- Josie -- The Babylon Sisters -- Hoops McCann/The Dread Moray Eel -- The Dandy of Gamma Chi/Aretha Franklin -- The Gaucho -- A Jolly Roger -- Third World Man -- Abbie/Dupree -- Franny from NYU -- Lizzie -- Jill -- Gina -- Dave from Acquisitions -- Daddy.
Summary "Steely Dan was a somewhat unusual band that still inspires unusually strong devotion in its fans. Formed in the late '60s in New York, they released seven albums between 1971 and 1981, two of which were nominated for a Grammy. Part of what's unusual about them is that each of those albums was made by a different group of musicians--founding members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen had no issues swapping players from record to record in order to get the sound they wanted. The band stopped touring in 1974, so the recording studio was the only place they needed their collaborators. Those recordings are legendary, especially among vinyl enthusiasts, for their exquisite production. The precision was necessary, in part, because Steely Dan played with form more than most bands, mixing elements of other genres--especially jazz--with pop and rock. And the lyrics are also distinctive. As the authors put it in their proposal, Steely Dan's songs are "exercises in fictional world-building. Each song features its own cast of rogues and heroes and creeps and schmucks, lovers and dreamers and cold-blooded operators, all tempest-tossed by the ill winds of the '70s." This book consists of sixty-some essays, each devoted to one character, and each essay is accompanied by a painting of the particular character that serves as a jumping-off point for the piece, with additional spot illustrations scattered throughout"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Steely Dan (Musical group)
Characters and characteristics in music.
Becker, Walter, 1950-2017 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Fagen, Donald, 1948- -- Criticism and interpretation.
Rock music -- United States -- History and criticism.
Fictitious characters -- Portraits.
Rock musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Becker, Walter, 1950-2017. (OCoLC)fst01500254
Fagen, Donald, 1948- (OCoLC)fst01500255
Steely Dan (Musical group) (OCoLC)fst00674342
Characters and characteristics in music. (OCoLC)fst01983333
Fictitious characters. (OCoLC)fst00923780
Rock music. (OCoLC)fst01099204
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Essays. (OCoLC)fst01919922
Music criticism and reviews. (OCoLC)fst01919942
Portraits. (OCoLC)fst01423831
Music criticism and reviews.
Added Author LeMay, Joan, illustrator.
ISBN 9781477324998 hardcover
1477324992 hardcover
9781477327463 electronic book
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