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Posted May 15, 2013
While Don Felder¿s description of his journey to becoming an Eag
While Don Felder’s description of his journey to becoming an Eagle and the people he met along the way is interesting; overall Felder comes off as a childish self-absorbed whiner out of touch with reality.
It is not unreasonable Felder had reservations over the new contracts considering Don Henley and Glenn Frey’s justifications for taking a larger share of the revenue were flimsy and rather dubious. Although, an important consideration in favor of signing was that Felder understood the new contract allowed him the opportunity to make more money than he had ever made before.
However fair or unfair the unequal distribution of the bands revenue may have been, those were the cards that had been dealt. It was time for Felder to put on his big boy pants and make a decision-either sign the contract or quit. He chose neither and tried to re-negotiate. Hey, if Felder wanted to take a stand on principle that’s great and I applaud that. However, most people simply submit a counter-offer. Not Felder. He opted for the juvenile unprofessional approach-a continuous barrage of complaints and letters from his representatives. That misguided strategy of relentless nagging and badgering clearly pushed his band mates well beyond the boiling point. Felder became that annoying buzzing fly always just out of reach of your fly swatter. What employer would not have fired him?
It is mind-goggling that after being fired Felder said he back-peddled on his demands and then wanted-pleaded-to sign the contracts as is. When advised his request was denied he portrays himself as a victim shocked and hurt no one returns his calls. Is he kidding? He stirred up all of that chaos even though he had no intention of standing his ground if things didn’t go his way? Felder got one thing right-he does suck at poker. He grossly misplayed his hand and blew his chance to stay in the Eagles and make more money than he had ever made before.
It seems odd Felder made a point of trying to link his firing from the band with the departures of Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner; as if they all belong to some former Eagles brotherhood. I don’t see the connections. Each left at different times under different circumstances and conditions. I don’t know why Leadon or Meisner left but it seems their departures had just as much to do with sheer survival from that insane rock-star lifestyle that was killing all of them as it did with whatever disputes were going on. They got out and moved on. Felder’s firing from the Eagles and subsequent alienation by its members stands alone.
Any sympathy I had for Felder evaporated once I got to the parts where he shared private conversations of former and current band members-people he referred to as his friends and mentors. Writing about his own experiences is one thing; repeating statements others said to him in confidence or conversations he overheard is dishonorable. His stories of scandalous raucous parties appear to be nothing more than thinly veiled attempts to hurt those he seemingly believes have wronged him. Two things that resonate throughout this book are that Don Felder is his own worst enemy and he is no friend of the Eagles.
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Posted July 23, 2012
Eagles. Nah just felder
My lord don felder you were incedibly lucky and blessed . Now the poison pen...thsnk god you ever knew frey and henley..kind of like complaining about winning the powerball lottery..you were a very good guitar player and brought the band more into rock but where were you when leadon and meisner were forced out..the best american songwriters of the last cetury gave you the guitar slot . They could have picked many others.stop whining grow upWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.