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The Eagles [Hardcover]

Ben Fong-Torres
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1 Sep 2011
Ben Fong-Torres was at Rolling Stone magazine when the Eagles were a cover story in 1979. He followed the band's career, interviewed them himself, and even played in the now famous Eagles vs Rolling Stone magazine softball match. The band changed line-up five times, split up, recorded four albums, toured the world, made the best-selling album in American history, and the members sued each other. The line-up may have changed, but the music carried on. And Ben witnessed it all. His unique insight will give readers an industry insider's view of the Eagles; their strengths and weaknesses, their fights, the recording sessions and the parties. How did this level of creative activity affect them and how have they changed as they reached middle-age?

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847327931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847327932
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 28.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ben Fong-Torres was born in California and graduated from San Francisco State University in 1966 with a BA in Radio-TV-Film and became a writer and Senior Editor at Rolling Stone magazine where he wrote 37 cover stories and hundreds of articles. He had major interviews with many of the most important acts of the 1970s, including Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Linda Ronstadt. An interview of Ben's with Ray Charles won the Deems Taylor Award for Magazine Writing in 1974. He left Rolling Stone in 1981 he wrote for many magazines, including Esquire, GQ, Parade, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Harper's Bazaar, American Film, Travel & Leisure and People. He also worked as a radio DJ, TV presenter and more recently a book author. He still writes for the San Francisco Chronicle and Parade and broadcasts on TONEAudio in the Internet in between books.

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4.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THESE FIGHTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 Dec 2011
Here's a great brain teaser. Who is responsible for the biggest selling album of all-time in America? Michael Jackson? AC/DC? Pink Floyd? No, none of the above, (but I reckon they're all close), that accolade goes to The Eagles.
To celebrate their 40th Anniversary, writer and one time Senior Editor of Rolling Stone Magazine Ben Fong-Torres brings us The Eagles - Taking It To the Limit. In those 40 years they recorded seven albums, changed line-ups several times, had numerous fights with each other, and toured the world too many times.
Their fascinating story starts in L.A. in the 60s at the now famous Troubadour Club where numerous wannabe musicians showed up to try and make it in the big time, including Neil Young, Graham Nash, Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell to name but four.
It was Linda Ronstadt's' band that would form the nucleus of the Eagles when on one occasion her backing band consisted of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner.
The Beatles arrival in American convinced Frey & Henley where their future lay, and with a little help from their friends, namely Kenny Rogers and Jackson Browne, they took flight. Browne would be pivotal in their success, writing Take It Easy with Frey.
Torres tells us about the recording of their debut album in London and why they stopped giving media interviews due to a media backlash following comments by Frey at a concert in New York. It really was a case of East v West in America during that time.
The decision to change producers paid off also. Original producer Johns wanted more Country, while The Eagles wanted more rock, so they went for Bill Szymczyk and continued to tour the world. Between albums Henley dated several women including Stevie Nicks, who'd just broken up with Buckingham.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Eagles: the Rolling Stones magazine take. 19 July 2013
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It was definitely interesting to get the mags few point, as at the time of the feud between them and the Eagles, ending in a match to settle it!! I've seen the new DVD of the Eagles with the most view points but i'm always looking out for more input.
The Eagles were at that riding high, the Rolling Stones magazine and the Crawdaddy were the ones to view the critics, so this was a bonus for me.
I was born at the start of the 70s, got hit by the 80s boom instead but i'm going backwards to listen to the music, its actually better than the some of the stuff now.
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