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History of the Eagles

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Alison Elwood

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Plot Summary

Director Alison Ellwood, along with Producer (and Academy Award-winning documentarian), Alex Gibney, meticulously crafts an intimate patchwork of rare archival material, concert footage, and unseen home movies exploring the evolution and enduring popularity of one of America's truly definitive bands. Inspired by the vibrant Los Angeles music scene, Glenn Frey and Don Henley left Linda Ronstadt's backup band in 1971 to team with Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner and form the Eagles. While personal stories from band members (later including Don Felder, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit), managers, and music-industry luminaries frame the narrative, it's the unexpected moments-recording sessions, backstage interactions, and even a whimsical sequence from the Desperado cover shoot-that convey the extraordinary bond linking artists, music, and the times (an era when country-tinged rock and finely-honed harmonies spoke to a nation still reeling from unrest). But the band was not impervious to its own unrest, and its conflicts prompted several departures and ultimately led to its demise (or long vacation). Part One follows the band from its formation in 1971 through its ascendancy in the 70's to the infamous unravelling in the fall of 1980. Part Two tracks the group from its reunion in 1994 through the triumphant Hell Freezes Over tour, the 2007 release of the album, The Long Road Out of Eden (which sold over 5-1/2 million copies, worldwide, and garnered the band its 5th and 6th GrammyR Awards), and its ongoing success as an international touring act. This history of the Eagles skips neither a beat nor a hit song, and we're reminded why the band's greatest hits collection (Vol. I) remains the best-selling album of the 20th century. - John Nein, Sundance Institute

Customer Reviews

Awesome

One of the greatest bands of all time and this documentary takes you along for the ride!

Love the Eagles?? Watch this!

A very well crafted documentary full of rare videos from the beginning of the band. I learned so much I never knew and was captivated from the first minute. Great live performance from the late 70's at the end… Bravo!

Skip Part 2

Part 1 and the concert footage at the end were both great. Part 2 was very annoying footage and commentary on their reunion. I thought Don Henley was the main ego-maniac of the group, but it turns out Glenn Fry is. They spend so much time on this ridiculous notion that they're as good now as they were in the 70's. What a joke. They did great things in the 70's; that's why they're still a big draw. Their efforts since have been weak. Fry also exposed how awful a human being he is by letting his true colors show when talking about the departure of Don Felder. Felder provided their biggest hit and some amazing guitar parts on songs that would have never been so successful without that contribution. Henley and Fry have no way to conceal their narcissistic tendencies.

History of the Eagles
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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