History of the Eagles

History of the Eagles

The Story of An American Band

DVD - 2013
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The story of the life and times of the super successful American soft-rock band, Eagles. Four hours of never before seen material from the past 40 years.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Capitol Records, c2013.
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 HIS
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 233 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.

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raincloud0
Feb 06, 2016

Awesome, must see for all rock fans.

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Monolith
Oct 04, 2015

An excellent, in-depth, pull-no-punches documentary of the iconic '70s band from start to present. Very well put together. FIVE STARS. Some of my personal opinions: ex bass player Randy Meisner had a helluva voice, but Timothy B. Schmit was a decent replacement; Don Felder got shafted by greedy Glenn Frey -- whose '80s solo stuff was embarrassing cheezy CRAP. On the contrary, Don Henley's post-Eagles career was classy, and still holds up.

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GHN
Sep 09, 2014

Ego + Eagles = History Of The Eagles

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jjd66
Dec 31, 2013

A great history of the Eagles with great footage and a disc of a concert when they were at their peak. Audio of an onstage argument between Felder and Frey threatening to beat each other up is quite funny. It would have been real interesting to have attended one of the "3rd Encore" parties.
One of These Nights, Best of My Love, New Kid In Town, Life in The Fast Lane - amazing tunes. This is a Must See !

carlcav Oct 21, 2013

“I’m gonna kill you once we’re done here,” Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey barked at guitarist Don Felder on-stage on July 31, 1980, while (ironically) the band was playing ‘Best Of My Love’, “I can hardly wait”. Felder replied, "Only three more songs until I kick your a--, pal." The band broke up that night and didn’t play again for 14 years -- literally when Hell Freezes Over, the name the band gave to their reunion tour. Soon after, Frey fired Felder again. For a band that seemingly embodied the easy-going Southern California slacker image, The Eagles were a remarkably fractious lot. They fought with each other, they fought with record labels, they fought with their long-time manager Irving Azoff (“He’s Satan,” Eagles co-founder Don Henley said, “but at least he’s our Satan”.) Still, they produced sublime music replete with the most achingly beautiful pop harmonies. It’s all there on The History Of The Eagles, a three-CD monument to the band who quietly (and not so quietly) hold the record for the biggest-selling album of the twentieth century – the first volume of their greatest hits. Lengthy interviews with Henley and Frey show they are quite aware of their stature and importance. But this documentary is most illuminating when band members past and present throw off the burden of history and talk about how thrilling it is be part of a working rock ‘n’ roll band, and how amazing it is when a riff here and a throwaway line there combine to make something as timeless (and misunderstood) as ‘Hotel California’.

2bDeneen Jun 02, 2013

This was so much more than what I expected. It's a story about friendship, business, immaturity, drugs, and growing up. Oh, and GREAT music.

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karmafarmer
Jun 02, 2013

An efficiently packaged doc on one of America's most popular country/pop rock bands of the last forty years. Disc one covers the early years of formation through to the implosion of the band in the '70's. Members and associates give interesting recollections and seemingly honest hindsight critiques; an impressive range of participants. With a shorter running time, Disc two isn't quite as detailed and could have easily have been expanded upon. Money factors were discussed in the reunion talks but no mention of The Eagles being the first band to clip their fans for $100 concert ticket prices. Disc three is a half hour concert footage of the band at their apex in March "77. It's of remarkable quality when you consider how long ago it was filmed. In a poignant moment, a youthful-looking Randy Meisner gives a haunting rendition of "Take It To The Limit", ironically, a member soon to leave the band singing what could be considered the group's mission statement.

Glencoe_Mike May 31, 2013

All members are interviewed so it's not bad but even though they touch on some of the bad blood they also seem to ignore some as well (like that between Henley and Frey). Also, too much time on post-reunion Eagles.

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