• Heaven and Hell

  • My Life in the Eagles
  • By: Don Felder
  • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Eagles are the best-selling, 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.

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The "Real" Story Behind The Eagles

Baby Boom kids of the 70s who grew up with an endless supply of Eagles hits coming out of the AM radio speaker will enjoy this book. Up until hearing Felder's side of the story, most of my Eagles info came via mainstream music press and watching 'prepackaged' interviews on news shows like "60 Minutes." Felder's account takes you deep backstage from the band's birth to the Hell Freezes Over Tour to today. His level of detail is indicative of someone who was writing this material as it happened, rather than long after the experiences had occurred.

Those who have survived a bad business deal in life will come away from this book with a greater appreciation and respect for Felder who got royally screwed by the "Eagles Machine" headed by Frey, Henley and Irving Azoff. You'll also be able to relate to the similar stories of abused band members Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon. And then there's the demons that Joe Walsh faced up to and the role that Felder played in Walsh's recovery.

Indeed, this book does tarnish the carefully crafted public images of Frey & Henley because it presents them as cheats who were willing to strong-arm a fellow band member, in spite of what was in a written contract. But from my perspective, the real villain of this story is Azoff, who clearly was in the game to win at any expense. He was an enabler and even co-conspirator of Frey & Henley's 'power grab' in a band that was supposed to be "equal shares for all." As Henley quipped regarding Azoff, "He may be Satan....but he's OUR Satan."







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Heart felt. Brutality honest. The heart of the Eagles…

Felder takes you deep inside his life and then pulls back the covers on America’s band. Power and greed ruined the band, just like it’s done to America! He’s a bigger man than I. Excellent read from a fan.

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Interesting insights from the inside.

I enjoyed it very much. I thought the narrator was too flat, dull. But I would recommend it.

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Awesome read, Honest and Heartfelt story

Such a great well written book. Wonderful insite into the life of a highly gifted musician with equally amazing song writing skills. The book clearly displays the good and ugly sides of the music business.

Well done Don Felder.....Bottom line, I love the Eagles (all) and I will always be a huge fan............Heck, I remember going to concerts (3) before 1975 in my early teen age years and I remember listening to Hotel California (on a Gerard 100 "zero tracking" turntable) for the first time, and being "blown away" while smoking great pot as a freshman in college....Recently I had the privilege to see the Eagles and Don Felder each in concert in the same month 4/22 (Clearwater/Tampa Bay) and I loved them both. I throughly enjoyed Don Felder's show. I truly felt the Eagles Magic when he played his Eagle songs.

In this book, I felt huge compassion for Don Felder. I felt Don's honest and real personal feelings regarding his life and not just his Eagle career.......Thank you Don, such an extraordinary life that is wonderfully still going strong....."Safe travels Don".

Guy Gannaway
Clearwater, Florida

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Was it worth it Don?

It’s been well established that Henley and Frey were tyrannical, brilliant, egotistical, drug fueled and greedy. By letter of the law and in looking at the equal share “intent” of the Eagles, Ltd arrangement,, if frozen at a point in time, prior to the bands real success, we get your obsessed pov on it not being fair. It’s easy to see through the bands evolution, where original members left on their own volition (no matter how bullied or forced out), that it outright led to an interchangeable parts point of view that Don and Glenn manipulated. My problems with the story are firmly rooted in the Eagles being Don and Glenn, from the origination, to the songs written, songs sung, solo careers that helped keep the flame lit between 80-94. Felder played his part in helping lift the band to a higher perch and no doubt that Hotel California (the song and instrumental created by Felder) and the album, blasted the band from the higher perch into the stratosphere. Did he do enough across the board to deserve an equal share,,, HELL NO. I’m saying this as a guy who has consumed enough documentary, Howard Stern interviews, Felder specific interviews. Frey (RIP) was an in your face prick, Henley wasn’t far behind and was just more of a brooding prick, but those 2 defined the Eagles and it was their dominating presence that defined the bands success. So, if you look at this from the end result and body of work, up to 1980, because starting in 94, it just became the big cash-in for Azoff, Frey, Henley - which is it’s own story and argument, I don’t think anyone could look at the 2/7 versus 1/7 splits and win an argument that Felder deserves an equal share. If his argument rests on the spirit of the original arrangement, without consideration for the ultimate body of work, than sure you could go into his camp. Felder seems genuinely like a good guy, who needed the classic father figure approvals from Frey and Henley, which makes a ton of sense with the type of abusive Dad he had,, but I’m sure he worked through all of that with expensive therapists. My wife, not an Eagles fan in any real sense, listened to the book and her one comment was that Felder (in the book) is pathetic on how he is appealing to the audience to understand and sympathize with what he was ultimately up
against within his marriage. Put simply, you can’t have it both ways Don,, iow,, you can’t take all the responsibility on what you did (from infidelity to absenteeism) - which you rightfully do ,, then sorta undo it to make you not so much the bad guy. Specifically, once your marriage was beyond repair, you state that you were trying to do all of these loving and supportive things and weren’t reciprocated. Back to the band and ultimate outcome and subject title “was it worth it?” ,,, If you had it over to do again, I’m strongly guessing you would’ve wanted to remain with the Eagles, made a lot of money across the now 20+ years of touring you missed, put up with the God’s shit, etc. Maybe you lived a healthier and happier and longer life getting away from it, but it’s easy to tell that the offset of regret you lived with (and still live with) had a higher value than you would admit and would trade in your healthy financial settlement. No matter what, you are a core part of the Eagle’s band that everyone loved in the 70’s, so that’s mostly what matters (that snapshot in time) versus the cash-in years. I just saw the Eagles again in Atlanta and for the curtain to raise to Steuart Smith with a double neck, versus you and Joe Stage Left ,, is a real shame. Thanks for the memories!!!

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Amazingly Well Written and Read

A beautiful and insightful look into the Eagles by their lead guitar player , Don Felder. Very personal and well balanced , it portrays life in the Eagles as only a member can provide. Don Felder seems very fair in his assessment of the bands successes and failures.
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Can’t say enough good things about it. Five stars!

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A tale worth listening to

Simply but superbly written and narrated. A balanced story of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual ad well as relationships. Well played Don!

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Not the best

I enjoyed the story but it seemed a bit preachy and condescending to other band members and doesn’t really tell many true stories. Just a lot of generalizations. Mediocre at best.

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great writing

Great writing and great story of a great band! Very entertaining to hear Don's side of the story. I felt Don was truly giving his honest take on things.

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Backstage pass to the life of the Eagles

If you ever wondered what happened to the Eagles, Don Felder tells his story. In between no holds barred and classy approach it's an insider account of what happens before the bright lights come on. A great ride!