The Eagles are the bestselling, and arguably the tightest-lipped, American group ever. Now band member and guitarist Don Felder finally breaks the Eagles years of public silence to take fans behind the scenes. He shares every part of the bands wild ride, from the pressure-packed recording studios and trashed hotel rooms to the tension-filled courtrooms, and from the joy of writing powerful new songs to the magic of performing in huge arenas packed with roaring fans.
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Whether or not Felder was entitled to an equal share as he repeatedly asserts in this book, I think it is clear that the Eagles would have never reached the heights they did without Felder's guitar work. He was a creative force on the guitar and even the sidemen that Henley and Frey have since employed play his guitar parts note-for-note. That's because his musical phrases are as much a part of the songs as the lyrics. I mean, what have the Eagles produced since he has been gone besides greatest hits tours?
But, the most amusing part to me was his self-described reaction at finally getting the boot. Really? You can only rock the boat for so long until the other passengers have had enough.
Worth the Ride, Here's Why:
Give Don Felder credit; although it's from his unique perspective, this is probably the closest you will ever get to seeing inside the Eagles inner-workings as a band. Rumor has it both Don Henley and Glenn Frey tried to halt the release of this book for 1 of 2 reasons: either it's true or it's false. Either way it's worth the money. Having been in many bands both big and small as a leader and sideman, I must respectfully disagree with Felder's view of himself as an equal partner creatively speaking. Let's be honest here. Don and Glenn are the face of the Eagles because they are not only the primary creative forces, but because they kept going w. their successful solo careers while the Eagles went on hiatus, thus keeping the group relevant. I do not doubt Felder's un-replaceable talent, or his account of Don and Glenn's 'rockstar ego' moments. Felder did in fact write the music to Hotel California. This book takes a couple hours to get going, but once it does, HANG ON and FLY!