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    Default Re: Another new Eagles book: "Taking It to the Limit" by Fong-Torres

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    Default Re: Another new Eagles book: "Taking It to the Limit" by Fong-Torres

    That's still on my wish list ......... atm.
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    Default Re: Another new Eagles book: "Taking It to the Limit" by Fong-Torres

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    I personally do not recommend Marc Elliot's To The Limit. The entire book is told from an extreme, pro Don Henley slant and Glenn Frey is virtually ignored as a creative force. I have to be honest here and say that is why the book has no credibility for me; I should also say that it was written with Henley's cooperation.
    I'll add my counterpoint to this: even with Henley's cooperation, I actually thought the book didn't portray him in the best light. Some of the comments the author made seemed unnecessarily b*tchy in my personal opinion! Don's contributions are always referenced as "according to Henley" (i.e. implying "this is just Don's memory/viewpoint and take it with a grain of salt if you wish) however comments from others are presented as facts.

    I agree that it talks very little about Glenn, and certainly doesn't do his talents justice. Indeed the overall impression I got was that the author was looking for "Dirty Laundry" rather than trying to tell the story of the band's creativity and music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EaglesKiwi
    I'll add my counterpoint to this: even with Henley's cooperation, I actually thought the book didn't portray him in the best light. Some of the comments the author made seemed unnecessarily b*tchy in my personal opinion!
    Well, that's probably because at the end, Henley turned against the author, threatened lawsuits, and tried to sabotage the book's sales. At least, that's what the author claims in the addendum to the book.

    Don's contributions are always referenced as "according to Henley" (i.e. implying "this is just Don's memory/viewpoint and take it with a grain of salt if you wish) however comments from others are presented as facts.
    Personally, though, I like it when an author says "according to..." when using information from a source. The tendency to present opinion as fact is one of the reasons why these biographies can be so misleading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sodascouts View Post
    Well, that's probably because at the end, Henley turned against the author, threatened lawsuits, and tried to sabotage the book's sales. At least, that's what the author claims in the addendum to the book.
    Oh, I missed that bit! . I wonder if he had read any of it at that stage.

    Quote Originally Posted by sodascouts View Post
    Personally, though, I like it when an author says "according to..." when using information from a source. The tendency to present opinion as fact is one of the reasons why these biographies can be so misleading.
    I like it too - I just think it should be consistently applied to ALL a biographer's sources. If it's an ex-girlfriend's story or another's musician's opinion or somebody else's quote then it's still just personal opinion and can still be misleading.
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    Welcome, Topkat!


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    There's an uncorrected proof version of To the Limit of Ebay. I wonder if anything is different between this and the final version.

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    I doubt it - at that point it's usually about correcting typos. However, I guess you never know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sodascouts View Post
    Well, that's probably because at the end, Henley turned against the author, threatened lawsuits, and tried to sabotage the book's sales. At least, that's what the author claims in the addendum to the book.

    Personally, though, I like it when an author says "according to..." when using information from a source. The tendency to present opinion as fact is one of the reasons why these biographies can be so misleading.
    I have the version of the book which doesn't contain the addendum, although I have read the addendum. I think Eliot was upset that after portraying Don so glowingly, Don then turned against him so hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EaglesKiwi View Post
    Oh, I missed that bit! . I wonder if he had read any of it at that stage.
    Yes, Don had read it. That was the problem. According to the author, Don had agreed to cooperate only if the author didn't go on about Don's trouble with the law in 1980. While the author glossed over the incident, he did indeed mention it, and Don was enraged.

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