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.
©2008 Don Felder (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This probably makes it in my top 10.
Felder's story is fascinating especially for an Eagles fan. I like the Eagles a lot, but I'm strictly a "hits" fan and had no idea about the beginnings of the band and all that they went thru. When the story finally gets to the Eagles years, then it really takes off. Up to that point, many chapters are about Felder's pre-Eagles years and they don't really do much other than give us a history of him. The most notable exceptions are stories about Stephen Stills, Tom Petty, Grahm Nash, and Duane Allman.
When he joins the Eagles, Felder is transparent about the ups, downs, drugs, sex, money and excess that the band enjoyed.
The wheels occasionally fall off for me when Felder seems shocked that his drug use, infidelity and time away from home had an adverse affect on his family and marriage. Also, as an outsider and fan, the Eagles ARE Henley and Frey. Felder SHOULD have signed the papers (significant plot point) but he had a self-inflated view of his own importance and value to the band especially after they had hit their creative zenith and were coasting on their massive hits.
In many ways, the last third of the book seemed like sour grapes from the guy who soured the grapes in the first place. Rather than acknowledge and own his role, though, he tries to come across as the one wronged and as the victim. Sorry Fingers, but that just doesn't fly or ring true based on what I heard in your telling of the story.
Credit where credit is due though, Hotel California is an amazing song...music AND lyrics. Wouldn't have been the same without Don Felder.
I haven't listened to Holland before and found his delivery to be too sing-songy. His cadence was predictable and at times distracting. I will give him credit though for conveying Felder's words and thoughts pretty well. He even pronounced some tough brand names (mics and guitars) correctly.
I listened to 2/3 of the book on an 8 hour drive and found myself looking forward to hearing more.
I'm glad Felder took the time to write his memoir. I didn't know much about him or his contribution to the band. I finished it feeling like it wasn't just Henley and Frey who had huge egos in the Eagles. It was all of them...except for maybe Meisner and Schmit. I'm still a fan. Oh and I'm watching the History of the Eagles that recently came out and am happy to report that some of the stories are exactly as Felder conveyed them so kudos to him for historical accuracy!
This book confirms all those rumors of discord that always swirled around The Eagles. It is a fascinating story of growing and outgrowing.
I listen to audio books in the car and with this one I found myself sitting in the driveway at home, unable to stop listening!
Warning: After you finish this book you may be struck with an overwhelming desire to go to your iTunes and delete all the solo Don Henley stuff!
This book would be highly recommended for any Eagles fan.
I liked the first person narrative. You actually felt like you knew Don after reading the book.
See a different perspective from a musician that lived, worked, and played with the Eagles.
I told my daughter another serious classic rock fan, that I'd never look or feel quite the same way about the Eagles. I still love their music, but feel, I sort of have a fly on the wall's point of view of some of the goings on. I know it is one participant's perspective, but very interesting all the same.
I'm not going to answer all these review questions. I just want to say that any fan of rock music in the seventies should read this book. Contrary to one reviewer, Felder is not a whiner. He describes the true life of a rock star; the good and the bad, and there was plenty of bad. Felder is one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and most people probably don't even know who he is. Very eye-opening; excellent narration; get this book.
I'm a big eagles fan , loved most of the stories and content. Don Fingers Felder does paint himself as person where hes a goody two shoes and it's everyone else's fault and found myself saying come on give me A break. I have listened to other rock and roll books, Heart, Steve Tyler, graham Nash , rod Stewart . All range from good to very good. On this book I would say Don't bother. Listening to the person tell this story in a whiney monotone voice makes you want to shut the story off after 2 minutes ...it doesn't get any better as the book goes on either. Save yourself the money and go to the local toy store, find a Whiney little spoiled brat and record him complaining about the toy his mother wouldn't buy him, listen to the tape over and over. It will sound better than this book.
Then read all the other reviews of this book from other people. ALL rate the storyteller performance HORRIBLE.
NO not if they use the same
He was HORRIBLE <- Please use 18 pt font here, bold and underline.
If Don Felder was in it yes , if the narrrator said 1 word in the movie,no.
Don Felder has many fans, this book of BAD storytelling will continue to haunt him for the rest of his life because oflinking the Whiney story teller to Don.
Don should take some of his hard earned /saved money and redo this recording it would be money well spent.
would have been better with a different narrator
not sure. His speaking voice dragged on. Reminds me of a lame schoolmaster reading.
maybe from Don Henley
Haven't read the print version
It gave insight to not only the Eagles and their journey, but shined the spotlight on the quietest of Eagles.
His voice is just humdrum. He makes every quote sound very mundane instead of a conversation. He made the book hard to listen to as he is very monotone.
Thank you Mr. Felder for pulling back the curtain not only on your own life, but that of the Eagles. I was impressed that Felder's musical childhood was surrounded by so many of the Rock n Roll giants that the 70's would produce. If California was the springboard to so many 70's rockers, then Gainesville florida must have been the ladder to get there.
I find myself most disappointed at the actions of Henley and Fry. And in some cases I was disappointed in Felder for just "going along". Being a pacifist in such a situation rarely leads to anything good. As far as the timeline, its interesting to note that for myself, a fan of the Eagles since childhood, my interest in the band wained about the time that they let Mr. Felder go. The last Eagles Album really only had one good song, and no good ones.
And lastly as a native of Amarillo, TX and a musician in that area, It was great to hear more about JD Souther who hailed from that town and drove so much of the Eagles. Good Read!
Great story! Very hard to turn off. I was completely engrossed! I saw a documentary on cable about the Eagles a couple of months ago so when i stumbled across this audiobook i had to give it a listen. I'm no hard core Eagles fan either, its just a great story and the narration was good as well. Hard to find an audiobook that keeps me as interested as this one. Great job, Fingers!
My 63 years of activities have been varied: Professional musician, USAF (and Private) pilot, radio personality, Steinway piano salesman, writer, and--above all--fanatical researcher of many subjects. Aviation and the Civil War are only two of them. I fulfilled an ambition to live in and visit all 50 states before I was thirty, and I've traveled many parts of the world. I began reading when I was 3.
Besides Felder's account of the band's career, the inside look at how the music business worked during its heyday.
The description of how the members of arguably the most popular rock band in the world were unable to stand each other offstage, let alone socialize.
I have not listened to Dennis Holland before, and frankly had never heard of him before listening to this book. I don't make as big a deal about narrators as does Audible. As long as they're intelligible and modulate their voices pleasantly, I couldn't care less about this aspect of my purchases.
No extreme reaction. I've read a great many rock biographies, and there are always similarities among them. At least this one didn't sound like a fan-zine.
A very good listening experience, highly informative (if also highly subjective), and written with warmth and humor.
satisfied my curiosity
Don Felder of course....
He found his voice in court.
Don found love again.
Story well told....
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