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Don Felder: 'History of the Eagles' Isn't the Whole Story
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Share on:. In terms of record sales and income from live tours, hardly anyone matched the Eagles' rate of success during the s. Yet the constant search to better themselves with each record, the in-fighting, the drugs and egos, soon got the better of them. They say it is tough at the top, and nobody is better equipped to tell the often painful story than their former guitarist Don Felder. Born in and raised in Florida, Felder was a typical teenage rebel, frequently at odds with his more conservative parents and law-studying elder brother with his long hair, anti-Vietnam war views and love of playing the guitar. Among his early friends after running away from home were Tom Petty, whom he taught guitar for a while, Stephen Stills, and multi-instrumentalist Bernie Leadon, and the latter helped to form the Eagles in After two albums of country rock, the group were starting to lose direction.