To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles
by Marc Eliot
Marc Eliot takes an inside look at the Eagles rise through the Southern California rock scene.
Don Henley, Glenn Frey and the whole coke-snorting, groupie-groping, ego-driven Southern Californian rock scene of the early seventies come screaming to life in this inside look at one of the mostly widely loved and critically underrated bands of the era.
Author Marc Eliot (Down Thunder Road: The Making of Bruce Springsteen) is at his dirt-digging best as he traces the origins of the individual Eagles from childhood, through the band's first incarnation as singer Linda Rondstat's backing group and on into superstardom and, finally, self-destruction.
The history is concise and punchy with plenty of gossip for the fan and industry insight for the music biz aficionado. The story runs right up to 1994's "Hell Freezes Over" album and tour and recreates the internal personal battles of the band members who continued to record and perform together even when they could no longer speak to one another.
Eliot's only weakness in his writing is that he tries too hard to be psychologist and rock-critic on top of his tremendous ability as a thorough and entertaining storyteller. Otherwise, it's a great read. Hey, Marc Eliot, you want some pop psychology about song lyrics? "Get Over It"!
Serious rocking recommendation.
Book reviewed by
Bill Allman of BlazingSaddles
Subject keywords: music eagles rock california boigraphy