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 band’s 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.
It’s the age old story of pride, arrogance and greed. Well done!
I am honestly not the biggest Eagles fan, while I do love their music, I wanted to find out the behind the scenes stories about such an iconic band, from one of its important members. Done before and after the Eagles lead a very honorable life, and his details about his time in the Eagles leaves no detail uncovered. Don is very honest and emotional about his experiences with the Eagles. Of course it is solely from his point of you, and you could see through his writing that there are definitely other sides to the story. At times Don can be his own worst enemy, trying to fight the two founding members of this band, even though he joined long before they were international superstars. Don deserves a lot of credit for shaping the classic eagle sound and cowriting such iconic songs as Hotel California. In the end he’s mostly self-aware about how his time in the Eagles came to an end. I truly enjoyed reading about Don’s life.
Dictators are not leaders
And the lesson we learn here is that Dictators are not Leaders. It's too bad that things had to end the way they did for the members of The Eagles that were not seen as the "chosen" ones. Great book, Don. I wish Randy would write one next. But I suspect he is (as you mentioned) a really nice person, and would not be comfortable telling the true tale of how people were treated. Shame that you, Bernie, and Randy (and later, Joe and Tim) were treated as extras or "hired guns" instead of as an equal. But that's band life for you. Happens in small time operations, too, unfortunately. Egos can be a bad, destructive thing. Thanks for sharing your story, it was insightful.