Heaven And Hell: My Life In The Eagles, 1974-2001

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Orion, Sep 18, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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Don Felder was just a poor boy from Florida, but when he joined the Eagles he soared into the stratosphere. Alongside former bandmates Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner, and Felder's childhood friend Bernie Leadon, he sold tens of millions of records (Eagles: Their Greatest Hits: 1971-1975 is the bestselling album of all time), performed before countless adoring fans, and co-wrote the renowned hit 'Hotel California'. His guitar-playing ability lifted the band from mere popularity to iconic status. And now Don Felder finally breaks the Eagles' decades of public silence to take fans behind the scenes - where drugs, greed and endless acrimony threatened to tear the band apart almost daily.

"Maybe there was too much talent. Maybe the personalities clashed with the egos. Whatever the reason, there were always these explosive arguments going on while I sat silently in a corner. I never expected it to survive. Never once did I feel, 'Hey, I got it made. This thing's gonna last for years.'"

Felder was wrong about that, but he was also right: the band split up in 1980, only to reunite for 1994's mega-selling 'Hell Freezes Over' album and tour. But tempers continued to flare, and in 2001, after 27 contentious years as an Eagle, Felder was summarily fired by the 'board of directors': Frey and Henley. Lawsuits and counter-suits followed. In 'Heaven and Hell', Felder takes us inside the pressurised recording studios, the trashed hotel rooms and the tension-filled courtrooms, where he, Frey, and Henley had their ultimate confrontation.

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Review: Heaven And Hell: My Life In The Eagles (1974 2001)

User Review  - Sean Macmillan - Goodreads

Every story has 2 sides and Don Felder leaving the Eagles is no exception. An interesting read that takes you through the life of a band member in one of biggest bands in rock n'roll. It was ... Read full review

Review: Heaven And Hell: My Life In The Eagles (1974 2001)

User Review  - Hudson Elowsky - Goodreads

Don Felder was a member of the biggest American rock band of all time, the Eagles, from 1974 until 2001. He joined during the recording of the album On the Border and followed them all the way through ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Don Felder was born in Florida in 1947. He joined the Eagles in 1974, composed the music to their groundbreaking hit 'Hotel California' and is still widely considered one of the most gifted guitarists in the music industry.

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