Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)

Book - 2007
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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. 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.
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson,� London : c2007
ISBN: 9780297844785
Branch Call Number: B 781.66092 FELD
Characteristics: ix, 340 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Holden, Wendy 1961-

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kaustav82
Aug 18, 2017

An excellent book! I was amazed to find out the details of the events that happened so many years ago and the way it all have been explained!
Felder was a guitar genius, and may be far more brilliant than Joe Walsh but he was never a showoff like Joe Walsh! But they never had any problem...I understand that Henley and Frey was brilliant is song writing and with their voice, but the fact is that they treated Felder very badly... all along. they were really mean to him on many occasions!
My heart really broke when I was reading that part where he gets fired from eagles, and then calls Glenn back begging to take him back :( it just broke my heart.
Anyway, it's an amazing read, and If I was some oscar winning director I would definitely make a movie on this book :)

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spudwil
Mar 22, 2016

Not a bad book. I took everything with a grain of salt. As Timothy B. Schmidt so eloquently said "all rock bands are on the verge of breaking up at all times". To me it seemed that Felder was still stuck in the 70s and resisted evolving with the band. Sure, it would be great if everything could be equal but the fact is that the majority of the band's success was because of Henley and Frey's songwriting and insistence on perfection at their live shows. In the end, the drugs, alcohol, and greed got the best of all three of them. Timothy and Joe had it right all along; just go with the flow and enjoy the ride...

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bwatson316
Mar 15, 2016

Excellent read. Couldn't put it down actually. Like many have said before, I don't feel sorry for Felder but I do respect the fact that he wanted it to be more about the band and Henley and Frey wanted it to be more about money and fame. Interesting to know about how the eagles came together and what they went through leading up to Hell Freezes Over. I look at the band differently now but still love their music.

JestyH Sep 17, 2015

I knew that Felder sued Frey and Henley of the Eagles for breach of contract, among other things, and that he won a well-deserved, generous out-of-court settlement. What it took to get there is the topic of this entertaining and detailed memoir. I ended up feeling both admiration and pity for Felder, a talented, hardworking kid from the poor side of town, who had the very mixed fortune to end up in America's best-selling band for almost 30 years.

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dharral
Feb 16, 2013

A must read for Eagles' fans. Very interesting story of the early days and how it all started and then fell apart. There are 2 sides to every story, but you may have a very different opinion of Henley and Frey after reading this.

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nouanda
Feb 05, 2013

I didn't know much about the Eagles before I read this book, but it certainly doesn't make me want to learn more about them as persons... still, their music is timeless !

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RazorSteel
Mar 10, 2009

Eagles and classic '70s rock music fans will like this book. A lot of name-dropping from that era's California rock scene. Despite Felder's insider's take on life in the Eagle's fast lane, there's not a lot of earth-shattering revelations. Most already knew about the grotesquely inflated egos (Henley and Fry) fueled by idol-like fan adoration; copious amounts of money; creative differences; chord changes that made the difference between a mega-hit and a throwaway song. Of course, there's the requisite sex and drugs that walk arm-in-arm with rock 'n' roll. Felder's story is almost a morality tale: there's always a price to pay.

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