Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)

Book - 2008
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The Eagles wrote the soundtrack to the seventies and eighties, but backstage there were no peaceful, easy feelings. For the first time ever, a member of the band tells what life in the fast lane was really like.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2008
ISBN: 9780470289068
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 FELDER
Characteristics: ix, 340 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Holden, Wendy 1961-


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Sep 27, 2018

What a great book, I could not put it down easily. I am torn now because I was a big fan of Don Henley and I even have one of his solo cd's in my vehicle BUT now I don't believe he is that "gentle" person behind those beautiful lyrics that I thought he would be.
How Frey and Henley treated the others (and not just the band mates) was pretty disgusting. I wont buy another Eagles cd without Don Felder on the cover with them.
I am a new fan of Joe Walsh though!
After all that being said, Felder is still a multi millionaire so it wasn't the difference of if he could make rent or pay his utility bill so I can only feel so bad for him about the money situation ,as he does remind us more then a few times in the book how much money and toys he has.

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 :)

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...

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.

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.

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 !

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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