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Eminent Hipsters - Donald Fagen

PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:24 pm
by Chris P
Anyone read it yet?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eminent-Hipsters-Donald-Fagen-ebook/dp/B00EV5BJ0A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384885353&sr=1-1&keywords=eminent+hipsters

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As the premier club in New York at that time, the Vanguard attracted a crowd that was a mix of serious fans and tourists. Of course there would always be the young preppie in a blazer sitting with his date, attractive in a little black dress. Imagine a split-screen: On the left, the kid's eyes are wide, his face is flushed; he's transfixed. He can't believe he's finally in a real jazz club twelve feet away from the great John Coltrane, who's blowing up a hurricane.

His date, on the right side of the screen, is in hell. Although she's heard her boyfriend talk about jazz, this is her first real exposure. She's been in this tiny, smoky, smelly room for almost an hour now, nursing screwdrivers and being forced to listen to four Negroes create a din that sounds like nothing imagined on God's Earth. She's got her head in her hands down on the table because it hurts, a real pounder behind the eyes. Most humiliating is the fact that her boyfriend has forsaken her for a black man who seems to be using his silver horn as a satanic instrument of masturbation. The two sides of the screen merge when she finally pulls on her date's arm and demands to be escorted out. In the clubs, this classic scene can still be glimpsed today, always interesting, always poignant.

Re: Eminent Hipsters - Donald Fagen

PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:05 pm
by NormanD
Not yet, and I was tempted after reading this review on Saturday
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/n ... gen-review