• 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 (210 ratings)

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Heaven and Hell

By: Don Felder
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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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Awesome book and story

Don gives some amazing insights IN to the workings of the EAGLES. I thoroughly enjoyed the back stories and felt the sting of disappointment and bitterness at times. This book made me look at my own situations a little closer and helped me to realize what is important in my own life as I looked through the microscope of Dons life and career. Great read!!! Thanks for sharing Don.

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The honest story of a Rock and roll legend

From early childhood to the peaks of success with the Eagles, the story is told brilliantly. It is dramatic , fun,
insightful, and rings true from the heart.
The author puts us right there through the highlights and low lights.
Conflict was an enabler to creativity as well as some really harsh battles and crushing power plays.
I loved and I listened to it with my wife. It made our trips shorter and we often would go for a ride
to listen to the next chapter.

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Great book about being a star!but…

A great book about being a superstar. He pulls no punches..even about himself. There is so much here. It may sound like he’s whining. Yet loves the rewards of being a star. But I think he had a point. It’s like they say…if you ain’t the head..then everything else is behind. I enjoyed it!

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a sidemans tale

left out his side of well known stories. never a mention of his "victim of love" vocal.
bitter ego here, lacking depth of detail behind the scenes.
he tells you what he did after he got important phone calls. he was never in the decision process, or a integral songwriter...yet he expects equal bill.

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Deserves Respect

Although I was never a fan, it was impossible not to be aware of the domination of the Eagles and their music over many years. This insider's view reveals the main characters, "the gods," as talented tyrants unwilling to share the glory with those who made the music what it was. Just ask Bernie and Randy, and listen to Felder. If it wasn't such a common tale of that big break leading to lives of misery and debauchery, it might seem to be just a made-for-television movie, but Felder presents his story with unblinking honesty, criticizing only himself in the long run, his own sins and mistakes and lack of backbone in the name of keeping the momentum of the band progressing. It's an often sad story very well told. It also inspired me to make a 17-song playlist on Spotify.

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I checked it out and I never wanted to leave!

What a great account of one’s experience.

Extremely well written and narrated. The pace and timing were perfect.

I rarely give top scores to something but, in this case, it’s warranted.

Has nothing to do with the book of course but, too bad it was written before Glenn Frey’s death. Fingers could have sort of given one of those fingers to Frey as a last gesture in, “At least I’m not dead!”.

If interested in music history, you MUST read this!

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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