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 The Walter Becker WeBWorld Dynasty

                     New shit has come to light, man.-- Jeffrey Lebowski

 
 

This is Walter Becker's official website, launched by Becker in 2006. Material posted before Walter's death include Becker's memos, letters, Newsletters and gags, news updates and events, exhaustive information and visuals on Circus Money (2008) — along with several amusing "audience participation" aspects to the release — and The Official Newsletter sign-up and Archive of past issues. Since Walter's death, the site has posted a slideshow (with more stills and video to come), amazing essays by W's pride and joy Sayan Becker, a contest, new Newsletter issues, and new front page pictures. Most of the material can be reached from the news page listing. This website will remain active and central as the Official Website of all things Becker, will be updated with new material, and remain the location for new sign-ups and past issues of The Official WB Newsletter.

 
 

Walter Becker Media
(walterbeckermedia.com)

Walter died in September of 2017. Early in 2018, The Walter Becker Estate launched Walter Becker Media, a site designed to house some of Becker's unreleased tracks, demos, live cuts, and other rarities, as well as an FAQ, discussion boards, photos, material related to Becker's officially released recordings, and free, high-quality downloads of site material. The ever-amazing Matt Kerns came on board to do all the heavy lifting ... and brought along most of the fellowship, friendship, and fun as well.

Since its launch and to date, Walter Becker Media has posted dozens of tracks in MP3 and FLAC/lossless audio formats, many with accompanying videos or slideshows, and virtually all with accompanying (con)text. These tracks have ranged from simple sequencer and vocal demos — the earliest, most stripped-down version of a song in the process of being written — to songs that have been tracked by Becker's recording band but never completed. Several are "rehearsal tapes", which are Becker's band practicing for recording or performing.

The main purpose of this website is to honor Becker's wish that some subset of his unreleased or WorkInProgress material be made available after his death. Arguably, its effect has been to illustrate the breadth of his talent and, to the surprise of some, the apparently bottomless creativity of this "silent partner".

Another important component of the site is its discussion boards. Originally developed to give Beckerphiles an open, anonymous (if desired) troll-free space for discussion and interaction, it has developed into a place where folks can share their musical enthusiasms and knowledge for the enjoyment of fellow posters, with much good-will interaction all-around

 
 

Steelydan.com Website Archive
(sdarchive.com)

It was 1996 "when lo Walter begat steelydan.com" (M. Kerns). Becker spearheaded its content for most of its life, rejecting a parade of "New Media" dolts offered up by the record companies, instead recruiting more simpatico help wherever he could find it. Eventually he convinced his tuneful partner in Art Crimes that this could be a cool little playpen in which they could have some fun and sling some shit around. And that's what they did, to fantastic effect, for quite some time.

Noted in its day by fans, reviewers, and the music press for its non-corporate feel, the participation of the principles, the high quality satire, and extended gambits — such as trying to bribe the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame judges with a case of honey mustard, then putting their statuettes up for auction on SDEbay — Becker was frequently as proud of this site and the online SD community of which it became a part as he was a random guitar lick or a line of lyrics. To him, sd.com was a substantive, creative enterprise.

Upon Becker's death, the administration of the official SD website passed into other hands. But the entire original SD website from its launch in March of 1996 until Becker's death in 2017 has been archived at the "Steely Dan Internet Archive"

Virgin Newbie? You won't believe any site could have been so eclectic, ad-libbed, and nutz. Old-timer? All hail the Founding Mothers And Fathers of an utterly unique online aesthetic that could only have come from the creative melding of WB, DF, and their fans.

 
 

Hey 19 Digital Archive
(WB's 'Rap of the Week')


[see update below]

Fantastic fan-sourced collection of Becker's "infamous interludes" that graced (?) the performance of Hey Nineteen during live Steely Dan shows. The searchable, cross-categorized database contains every recording of Becker's "raps rants and raves" that could be found from 2007 up to his final show at Greenwich, CT in May of 2017... and new shows continue to be discovered and added to the collection even now. Hosted on Jim McKay's venerable fan site, the archive was put together and is maintained by — who else — Matt Kerns. For years, fans have daydreamed about hearing a bunch of those deeply weird shards of lexical lunacy. Now thanks to Matt and all the fan material contributors, we have The Box Set!

The collection is comprised of both video and audio files, all available for embedding or download.

UPDATE: 2019 - now

You may have noticed this site has gone dark. Here's what I know: A take-down demand came from Donald Fagen via his lawyer, declaring the audio and/or video of Walter’s raps unauthorized, and demanding their immediate and permanent removal from online. 

Any additional details must come from Matt Kerns, who alone lovingly created and maintained the tribute site (with generous clip contributions from many of you).

Editorial: Let's be clear about what has happened here. DF interpreted his new de facto authority to apply retroactively, declaring what are functionally, essentially solo performances by — and sanctioned by — the other half of Steely Dan to be "unauthorized", and thereby erasing a significant chunk of pure, unadulterated Walter Becker from the internet, perhaps forever. Why? Or, as an Austrian colleague liked to ask: "on vat theory?"

Of course I am disturbed by the troubling implications of this action, and I know some of you must be as saddened by this sensless loss as am I. Privately, at least.

I look forward to the day when some of you feel strongly enough about Becker's place in SD, and have an intrinsic sense of what dying should and should not take away from you, to say so. I'm not talking about public declarations here — simply that it won't feel forbidden to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths, privately, among friends. Let’s accept that some things are kept alive only in the minds of people — in us — not on any youtube clip or web page.

And to that, I will only observe the stubborn, irrepressible truth that's nonetheless emerged since September 2017:

WB Lives.

 
 

Walter Becker Media Instagram

Good Lord. Matt assures me this serves mainly to send more eyeballs over to Walter Becker Media and, largely, announces new posts and duplicates some of the photos also posted there. So why not go to the site itself? But hey, that's just me....

 
 

Walter Becker Media Twitter

Holy Mary Mother of God. Same thing, he promises me ... just posts and reposts reminding a tiny corner of the world that !WB Lives! on Walter Becker Media, the Official Walterbecker.com, and in the musical sensibilities of a hunk of thoughtful appreciators.

 
 

Walter Becker Media @ Facebook

OK Matt — this may well be the bridge too far ...

 
 

Walter Becker Media YouTube Channel

Launched along with Walter Becker Media, it mirrors material posted there. Note: The audio quality of posts both on YouTube and on our discussion threads are frankly inferior to the high quality Downloads we've made available to you on the site. The YouTubes and posts are perfectly fine for computer or desktop listening, we believe. But if you're headed for the headphones or the big macker system, go for a Download in good MP3 or FLAC

 
 

Walter Becker Slideshow/Visual Index
(walterbeckermedia.com/)

Index of photos and videos collected from walterbecker.com , walterbeckermedia.com and other WB sites, plus selections from WB's private collection. Some major renovations/corrections needed and, ever optimistic, additional media collections in the future will be linked here.

 
 

Walter Becker Way
(walterbeckerway.com)

This is the website for The Street Naming event for Walter Becker Way in Queens, New York, on October 28, 2018. Contains Press Releases for the event, promotional photographs and graphics for press and promotion, long and short-form Becker biographies, and discographies. This web location also houses post-event materials such as texts of all the speechifyin', Howard Rodman's Keynote Address, "greeting" videos from friends and colleagues, follow-up givaways — such as the Captions Contest — and will house any other post-event material as may present itself.

 
     
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