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    Default Sad day for Steely Dan fans

    Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967. We started writing nutty little tunes on an upright piano in a small sitting room in the lobby of Ward Manor, a mouldering old mansion on the Hudson River that the college used as a dorm.
    We liked a lot of the same things: jazz (from the twenties through the mid-sixties), W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, science fiction, Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Berger, and Robert Altman films come to mind. Also soul music and Chicago blues.
    Walter had a very rough childhood — I’ll spare you the details. Luckily, he was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter. He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny. Like a lot of kids from fractured families, he had the knack of creative mimicry, reading people’s hidden psychology and transforming what he saw into bubbly, incisive art. He used to write letters (never meant to be sent) in my wife Libby’s singular voice that made the three of us collapse with laughter.
    His habits got the best of him by the end of the seventies, and we lost touch for a while. In the eighties, when I was putting together the NY Rock and Soul Review with Libby, we hooked up again, revived the Steely Dan concept and developed another terrific band.
    I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.
    Donald F agen
    September 3 2017

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    These guys don't last as long as we listeners do, but their music is eternal.
    "Thought he, it is a wicked world in all meridians; I'll die a pagan."
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    Walter rode a GS?
    1978 GS 1000 (since new)
    1979 GS 1000 (The Fridge, superbike replica project)
    1978 GS 1000 (parts)
    1981 GS 850 (anyone want a project?)
    1981 GPZ 550 (backroad screamer)
    1970 450 Mk IIID (THUMP!)
    2007 DRz 400S
    1999 ATK 490ES
    1994 DR 350SES

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    Bummer. Steely Dan had a unique sound and cranked out a lot of great music. Looked on Youtube for some good videos but there don't seem to be many. As I recall the band, or at least certain members, didn't like to tour much. Too bad.

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    Sad day indeed. I have always been a huge Steely Dan fan - I have most of their albums and I play them fairly often. It sure seems that a lot of artists (especially musicians) die young.
    Rekindling an old enthusiasm with this '81 GS850G. Also own a very nice '81 Honda CB900 Custom.

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