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When guitarist Don "Fingers" Felder was invited to join the already platinum-selling Eagles in 1974, he had no idea what sort of rock-and-roll heaven and show-business hell he was about to enter -or how hard it would become to tell one from the other. For the next twenty-seven years, Felder found himself deeply involved in a musical career that was musically thrilling, emotionally exhausting, and surprisingly dangerous.
In Heaven and Hell, Felder shares this remarkable journey with a firsthand look at his tempestuous years with the Eagles. Even as he, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner, Bernie Leadon, and, later, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit became America's most popular and successful rock band, selling tens of millions of records, Felder reveals that greed, jealousy, and creative differences constantly threatened to tear the Eagles apart.
From one sold-out arena to the next, some members of the Eagles blazed a trail of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll that became as legendary as their music. Felder explains how the famous E3 (third encore) parties, which began as spontaneous, raucous backstage binges, evolved into highly organized orgies, with roadies recruiting gorgeous women from the audience to be chauffeured to lavish hotel suites, where nothing was off limits.
Even further behind the scenes, he reveals the grim test of wills between Leadon, Felder's friend since his impoverished boyhood in Gainesville, Florida, and the duo of Frey and Henley. Despite Felder's attempts to mediate this conflict, it would not be resolved until a tense meeting that very nearly came to blows, which ended when Leadon stormed out of the room, never to return to the band.
Felder also offers a rare glimpse into the creative melting pot that produced such great Eagles hits as "Life in the Fast Lane," "Hotel California," "Victim of Love," and many others. The writing of these songs often involved the entire band, as well as non-band members, such as well-known Eagles collaborator J. D. Souther, Bob Seger, and others. Frequently beginning as a simple guitar lick or a vague idea, these songs took shape through a fascinating process of free association and collaboration, yet, says Felder, even these exciting moments led to friction and bickering.
Filled with hilarious true stories of rock stars on the road, including Felder's first meeting with Keith Richards, who was passed out on a bathroom floor at the time, and Joe Walsh's genius for practical jokes, Heaven and Hell is the book Eagles fans have been waiting for. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.
Great read !! A little different view than History Of The Eagles DVD.Published 2 days ago by fuzzyman
Great read. It has a lot of inside stories (some found in other books also) of how the band came together, made some of the greatest music of all time and then was destroyed by... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Matt
I really enjoyed this book, lots of enlightening stories about the Eagles and the music industry.Published 3 days ago by Patti McCoy
Very interesting, this is not the first read where Frey and Henley come off as bullies with big egos. Felder should have left years ago. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Pen Name
this is don Felder side of the story ....very revealing and sometimes tragic but truthful , the way he lived it.... Read morePublished 16 days ago by David Barreto
The title says it all: the music is heaven, the relationships were hell! A revealing portrait of individuals that couldn't stand each other most of the time and fought like cats... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kathleen Zak
A must Read. The real story told by a really great person and song writer. The Eagels are not and wont be the same with out him.Published 17 days ago by Lorenzo Banda