On Sunday, Walter Becker, co-founder of the band Steely Dan, died, and the world lost a great musical and lyrical talent. The songs that Becker wrote with his college friend Donald Fagen filled the sonic gap left by the Beatles in 1970. Beginning in 1972 with “Can’t Buy a Thrill” and ending in 1980 with “Gaucho,” Becker and Fagen catalogued the shifting craziness rattling around our country — and our minds — in those eight years.
"Reading Steely Dan: The Lyrical Genius That Helped Define a Decade" is from the September 04, 2017 Books section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sibbie O'Sullivan and narrated by Sam Scholl.