My Old School

Author: Janet


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The song “My Old School” by Steely Dan was reportedly inspired by an incident during some of the band members high school attendance. In its March 24, 2006 edition, Entertainment Weekly details Donald Fagen’s return trip to Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, in which he describes a raid by sheriff’s deputies in May 1969. Fagen, his girlfriend Dorothy White, Steely Dan bandmate Walter Becker, and some 50 other students were arrested. Charges were dropped, but the harassment was the origin of the grudge alluded to in “My Old School”. Fagen was reportedly so upset with the school being complicit with the arrests that he refused to attend graduation. The same article speculates that a Bard professor’s wife, Rikki Ducornet, was the inspiration for “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.”

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