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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.
Felder is one of the luckiest people on Earth. The man was good guitar player, just like thousands just like him, in LA at that time. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Robspace1
If you are an eagles fan, this is a good book. Good in that if anything, confirms the decadent, disloyal backstabbing greed that goes on in the music industry.Published 5 days ago by Grayson Ravenwood
This book is a great book to read before or after watching "The History of The Eagles" serves as a companion to confirm that Frey and Henley's egos are out of control and... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jack-Ado
What a fascinating story! I listened as drove to my jobs and was completely into it. If you love guitar, rock music and want to know more about the American rock business, this... Read morePublished 19 days ago by carlos aguasvivas
The book was from the Clark County, Nevada Public Library. It still had the stamps indicating it belonged to the library and the cover with the category sticker still attached. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Roger L. Henry
I really wanted to like the book, I didn't know anything about Don "fingers" Felder before it, other than he was a great guitarist and wrote the music for one of the... Read morePublished 22 days ago by C. Hill
Impressed with how warm and personal an account of a life so extraordinary being told as if the author were just ordinary! Read morePublished 22 days ago by Sharon
Some insights, but descends into whining & self-pity. Too bad because Felder was there for some of the key moments in the band's history.Published 23 days ago by Tim Benzedrine