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Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll Desperadoes
on 3 June 2007
Having been a fan since Take It Easy, I've read some of the tomes written about the band, and been bored to tears in many cases.
This book had me from the first chapter. Marc Eliot has succeeded where other writers failed and that is the reader is told the story of the Eagles from the beginning, through the drug use, alcoholism, to the acrimonius split, the infighting, to Hell Freezes Over right up to the latest round of tours. He also doesn't leave out his own problems with Don Henley who said the book was full of lies and inaccuricies (Don, I love ya but you really need to get out more). In the updated version, Eliot takes us to places no other author has, we are shown how easy it was to fall into the "sex, drugs and rock and roll" lifestyle favoured by most artists in the 70's.
It is far from your usual run of the mill biography of a band, it goes deep inside, shows you more than you sometimes feel comfortable with, more than you really wanted to know in some parts. He doesn't flinch from the unseemly, the sex, the drugs, the drink, we even get to know more about the first line up, Randy Meisner, Bernie Leaden, also about Don Felder and the reason for his departure,the wonderful Joe Walsh and how he battled his demons and won, Henley's gambling, Frey's sex crazed drug fuelled lifestyle (if this is true, this guy should be long dead). It is basically one of the best biographies I've read in a very long time, and the best one of the Eagles on the market.