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"An entertaining tell–all."––Boston Globe --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .

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The Eagles are the bestselling, 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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  • Broché: 352 pages
  • Editeur : John Wiley & Sons; Édition : Reprint (24 avril 2009)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 9780470450420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470450420
  • ASIN: 0470450428
  • Dimensions du produit: 14,8 x 2,6 x 22,8 cm
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Par Billy BIGOURET le 2 octobre 2013
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A few bunch of talented young musicians hope they're gonna be stars ! And they succeded, but the quest for the fame is not really a sunny day at the beach ! Competition, strife, exhausting tours, alcohol drugs & families wrecks are the backgrounds of that fascinating hits making machine managed by clever & cynical mens . Rock n' Roll !!!
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Une plongée passionnante dans les coulisses d'un groupe phare des années 80.
Don Felder semble avoir une très bonne mémoire, et son livre se lit avec plaisir et intérêt.
Lecture indispensable pour tout fan des Eagles qui se respecte (et j'en fais partie, bien sûr).
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Par AJB le 26 avril 2015
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Je n'ai pas pu m'en détacher jusqu'à la fin, super livre. J'étais deja fan avant de l'avoir lu et je le suis à 300% à présent
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1 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par sheldrake le 29 octobre 2010
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Dans ce livre, Don Felder, ancien guitariste des Eagles et compositeur du légendaire Hotel California, raconte sa vie, son enfance et son adolescence dans une famille très pauvre, puis ses années avec les Eagles qui semblent souvent cauchemardesques, principalement à cause de ses relations très difficiles avec les deux leaders du groupe Glenn Frey et Don Henley.
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So What's All the Fuss About!?! 5 juin 2008
Par Michael OConnor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
When HEAVEN AND HELL was first announced, word-of-mouth was that it was going to be so incendiary that Frey and Henley would need asbestos gloves to read the thing. After breezing through HEAVEN AND HELL - and it is a quick, entertaining read - we're treated to the following: The Eagles did a lot of drugs and booze. They jumped every woman that came near. Don Henley was a sour-faced, perfectionist control freak. Glenn Frey was a ego-tripping control freak who treated people like dirt. Joe Walsh was a good-natured, slightly bent guitar hero who loved to trash hotel rooms, etc. And so?? All those peccadillos were fairly common knowledge or at least rumored for years...all Felder's book does is to confirm it!

HEAVEN AND HELL may have exposed the Eagles dirty laundry but - substitute a few names here and there - and it could be the story of the Stones, Zeppelin or any major rock group creating great music amidst drugs, alcohol, groupies and oversized egos. Why should The Eagles have been different?

Actually, given Henley and Frey's demeaning treatment of other members of the group, I thought Felder did an even-handed job of describing the group's life in the fast lane. People may question why he wrote the book but why shouldn't he? He was there; he has a perfect right to record what happened. His version of events may not agree with the version Frey and Henley want the public to accept but so what.

As I was reading Felder's book, time and again I got the feeling I was getting 'The Rest of the Story.' For example, as much as I liked the Eagles' music, often-times it seemed almost too perfect, too mistake-free. Now I know why. Likewise, judging from the book, Henley and Frey seemed as concerned with controlling the public's perception of the group as they were in crafting evocative songs and endearing music.

Felder's book should be required reading for all Eagles fans. It is a rare, warts-and-all, insider's view of the workings of a major rock group. Sour grapes...maybe. But it's still a great read!
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Some dance to remember, some dance to forget 5 juin 2008
Par Corinne H. Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
By now, no Eagles fan should be surprised by tales told about "The Gods," Don Henley and Glenn Frey, and how they have treated (or mistreated) their fellow musicians over the years. What makes this book stand out is that the recounting here is done from the inside, by someone who is not only very capable of telling that history, but is also adept at conveying it in a very readable, conversational way. This is guitarist Don Felder's memoir-to-date, "Heaven and Hell."

Other Amazon reviewers have covered the basics of Felder's life story, tracing his beginnings in Gainesville, Florida; his growing focus on music and guitars; and his father's undue influence on his life. Knowing where he'll eventually end up, the pages make for interesting and anticipatory reading. We follow Felder's winding career path (which includes attending Woodstock) as it eventually leads toward the Eagles, to California, and to the celebrity and opulent lifestyle that only rock stars can earn. And of course: simultaneously to alcohol, drugs, extramarital liaisons, and chain-saw attacks on hotel room furniture. (You go, Joe!)

Those folks who have also read books like Jonathan Gould's "Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain & America" will no doubt be stirred by the resemblance of the Eagles to the Fab Four. Felder himself refers to the analogy on page 116 when Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon are said to have adopted "the George and Ringo positions" in the group. Ain't it the truth? Here we have a band made up of highly creative musicians, dominated by two of the original members (who seem to be writing most of the songs) and a manager who's behind it all, calling the shots. And though the first albums took the public by storm, subsequent albums became tougher and tougher to put together as tempers flared, arguments ensued, and individuals walked out. Near the end, in and around the breakup, intricate legalities took over. In both cases, it all boiled down to ego and money. In retrospect, one wonders what would have been the Beatles' fate if Mark David Chapman had not pulled the trigger. Would John, Paul, George and Ringo have eventually buried the hatchet, just temporarily, and embarked on a "Hell Freezes Over" kind of tour? Wouldn't we all have fallen over each other to get tickets for it?

As for the Eagles: with just one phone call, the controlling forces decide that Don Felder -- after more than 20 years of service, and after contributing the signature "Hotel California" melody -- is no longer necessary to the band. To his credit, he does not roll over and play dead, but instead fights to keep his original legal position in Eagles, Ltd. Nevertheless, Felder is left behind in the end, much like the California license plate that graces the book jacket: battered, bruised, and detached; yet still in one piece, ready to be picked up again. I'm quite pleased to know that, due to the outcome of his successful lawsuit, he will still benefit from the CD I bought at Wal-Mart and the ticket I already bought to see the Eagles in concert later this year. Good for you, Don! And thanks for sharing both the good times and the bad times with us. But please know that after reading this book, I'm going to think long and hard before I spend any more of my own hard-earned dollars on the Eagles.
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Good look into the control of Frey and Henley 20 avril 2008
Par David Carlin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
First of all, I don't feel sorry for Felder. He is more than wealthy enought to maintain himself for the rest of his life. I feel this book is notable because he has given us a look into the workings of the Eagles. The last 4-5 chapters were the most interesting for me. Felder describes in detail the control Henley and Frey had in the band and how they un-equally shared the revenue with the Hell Freezes over Tour. Whereas Schmidt and Walsh signed their agreements willingly, it was Felder who tried to keep everything equal due to the original agreement they had when he had joined the band, and it was his downfall.

We hear and feel Felder's frustration when attempting to talk to Henley and Frey through their Manager Irving Azoff. Azoff himself protected more of Henley and Frey than the other band members. They all stayed in different floors away from each other in hotels during touring. When it was promised that the percentage of income would be worked out with Felder, (It never Happened). After Felder was fired, he was forced to sue the Eagles over constantant mis-management and handling of the finances. This book put Irzoff, Henley and Frey in an extreemly bad light, and I must say I agree completely with Felder on many of his examinations. The Company created called "Eagles Limited" was the organization made up by all the original members including Don Felder. Each had a 20% part of the organization equally. When Bernie and Randy (original members) left the group, these shares were given back freely but not extended to Schmidt or Walsh. This is probably the beginning of the control ride that Henley and Frey started with the group. To this day Schmidt and Walsh are just hired session and performance members only. Felder did still retain all his membership rights. When he questioned the accounting and business decisions, he was made to feel uncomfortable. Henley, Frey, and Azoff made no attempt to let him in on the decisions made. It was in fact a partnership with only two members making decisions while the other member was made to be a silent partner. Felder had every right to question accountability of the finances and decision making. When he was terminated, his only recourse was to sue. Some of this is covered in the book but may have been watered over due to the settlement of the lawsuit.

This book has made me a convert and fan to Felder. I never realized how much he incorporated into the Eagles music until now. I recommend this book highly because Don is a respectable guy, and a great guitarist. I believe Henley and Frey made a very bad decision with the removal of Felder. They obviously did not take into account how many fans Felder had.
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Life In - And Out Of - The Fast Lane 3 mai 2008
Par Alan Beumann - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
First off, Felder has written (with help, admittedly) a very enjoyable look into the life and times of one of America's last great rock bands. Days when musicians depended on talent and not computer samples to create songs, and when being able to carry a tune with your voice wasn't such a liability as it is nowadays.

Secondly, it is an eye opening and fascinating look into what happens to insecure people with huge egos once they come into money, and lots of it. By this I'm speaking about "The Gods," Don Henley and Glenn Frey. At one point late in the book, the band is on tour in (memory fails me, but I think) China, and Glenn Frey instructs a lackey to overnight him a couple of cartons of his favorite cigarette. The lackey is summarily fired - because he shipped Frey SOFT PACKS instead of FLIP TOP BOXES. My jaw literally dropped when I read that. If that's what happens to you when you get rich and famous, I'm glad I am neither.

Having been (somewhat) in Felder's shoes, where people I trusted and thought of as friends suddenly threw me under the bus and had convenient amnesia as to my contributions to their success, I can relate to his story. Frey and Henley welcomed Felder into the band whole-heartedly, calling him Duane Allman incarnate, (which he is), and then set themselves up as the Supreme Dictators Of The Eagles, wrapping themselves in their own cloaks of superiority and fired Felder only when he asked to see the books of where the money was going.

I also cannot believe that Irving Azoff is actually still in business, the way he "managed" both Felder and "The Gods," yet was nothing more than a highly paid lapdog of Frey and Henley, screwing everyone else around him.

I'm afraid I've digressed, but it was a very intriguing book, one that I found hard to put down. If you're at all a fan of the band's music, and especially if you've read "To The Limit" by Marc Eliot, you'll find it incredibly enjoyable.
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Inside look at the Eagles and it ain't pretty... 13 octobre 2008
Par RNS - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
September 18, 2008, the Eagles, or I should say two Eagles out of the original band -- Don Henley and Glen Frey -- plus their two highly paid sidemen, Tim Schmit and Joe Walsh, roll into Nashville.

I pay an arm and a leg for the family to see them and we're treated to a concert that sounds a bit too perfect. No spontaneity, just a somewhat robotic performance. My 16-year old son is bored and I keep telling him -- hey, just wait ! These are the EAGLES -- they're just getting warmed up! However, after awhile, even I am wondering if these guys are even awake. We have a lot of really excellent musicians come and go through our area and the Eagles -- at least on this particular night -- just don't have it. Even Joe Walsh, one of my favorite guitarists of all time, is relegated to acting out the part of a rock and roller. (Man is he playing for the wrong band !)

The next day I'm curious as to what's the deal with the version of the Eagles I heard versus the band I enjoyed so much during the 1970s and 1980s, so I track down and read "Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)" by Don Felder -- and, I find the answer.

This is a great book; well-written with a good narrative flow that makes it difficult to put it down. Being from Jacksonville, Florida, I especially enjoyed Felder's recounting of his younger years in Gainesville, Florida. What a small world it was -- playing frat parties at UF with Stephen Stills who was only 15 at the time; teaching guitar lessons for Mr. Lipham of Lipham Music in exchange for his first Fender Stratocaster and having as his star pupil 10-12 year old Tommy Petty -- you know, of Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers (now there's a great band!). Those were great years as northeast Florida had a lot of really great bands forming and learning the ropes on the frat party-prom circuit, including Duane and Greg Allman who had just moved with their mom from Nashville to Daytona Beach.

But, for Eagles fans -- it's all here, the life and death of the real Eagles, before it became the Henley-Frey glitzy nightmare, laid out like a dissected frog. The real story that includes Bernie Leadon, his old Gainesville, Florida buddy whose dad was a nuclear physicist at UF and Randy Meisner of Poco.

Making the book even more interesting is the tension Felder has with his father; trying to adjust to living in Boston, then LA; the musicians that influenced him, including Miles Davis, B.B. King, and the Allman brothers; going to Woodstock; his struggle to be a good father and husband; and, the step by step journey that led him to becoming one of the Eagles. Readers will enjoy reading of his friendships and playing with contemporaries such as Crosby & Nash and David Blue. And, touring with a veritable Who's Who of the 70s and 80's rock world.

For those readers only interested in the Eagles, start on page 109, the beginning of Chapter 9. From this point on the narrative speeds up from being that of a memoir of a musician, to the story of the Eagles written by an insider. While very appreciative of the opportunity for being part of the group, Felder holds no punches and describes the almost evil egos of Henley and Frey; the sex, drugs and stress of the over-the-top excesses of their lives; and the emotional toll of being "fired" by Heley and Frey from the Eagles.

All in all, it's a great read -- one of the best of the genre I've ever read.

R. Neil Scott
Middle Tennessee State University
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