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Heaven and Hell: Part Three of the Epic "North and South" Trilogy (The North and South Trilogy Book 3) Kindle Edition
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It's a great story but sadly Don F is let down by his ghostwriter who tells the tale in prose fit for primary school. It comes across like a vanilla celebrity memoir fit for brain-dead couch potatoes with as much soul as Milli Vanilli.
That said, if you can sand the awful writing, the view from the inside is very interesting and not a very flattering portrait of Henley/Frey. The fact that after Hotel California the great days of the Eagles were over, apart from reliving the past shows what the band lost. Felder is quite fair to Henley/Frey in their obsession with a perfect sound, but rightly criticises their sanitisation of the slightly chaotic Eagles sound that marked their second period. Jimmy Page was famed for only doing three takes in the studio in case the soul was bleached from his playing: the opposite is the case with the Eagles - like Steely Dan (who shared management companies) the drive for perfection meant creative mediocrity but money from fans who just wante to hear the hits.
Better told is the 3 hour film documentary, where Don and Glenn damn themselves and which seems to rely on this book a lit.
That said, Felder does emerge with some credit, all his criticisms of 'The Gods' ring true and he gives them credit where it is due. But like the Stones post Wyman, once a bad starts eating itself, it becomes more of a bland. Sure, the Eagles can fill stadia with renditions of their old stuff, but even Road out of Eden failed to ignite new fans.
Read for the content, not the style. Sad, there is a more atmospheric tale to be told, but this is not it.
I am a fan of The Eagles and after reading this book I have a lot of respect for Don he is a class act.
The book covers the period of his growing up and who influenced him musically, how he started playing guitar, what musicians he played with, and makes very interesting reading.
During his years with The Eagles, he is never content, however, and the surprise is, that he wanted to get back with them in 1994 after their break-up.
I can sympathise with Don Felder over his treatment by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, and parts of the book can be quite depressing for a life-long Eagles fan like myself. However, it is Felder's memory of events, the other's may remember things differently.
This is a worthwhile read and very interesting to hear about events behind the scenes. A must for all Eagles fan's, but be prepared for some uncomfortable reading.
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