I still don't like this book (in his attempt not to be pedantic, he veers too far in the opposite direction; all that lame humor and drawn-out rhetorical questioning amounts to hand-holding) -- but you're right that discussions of Steely Dan's chord progressions (also, Joni Mitchell's chord voicings) are a highlight. It's entirely possible, of course, that as a musician I'm not his intended audience.
Yeah, the book is for novices, methinks.
You know, I kind of like it when people hold my hand. It's sweet.Have you read Sack's "Musicophilia"? Fascinating stuff.
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