Elizabeth’s mom was in town this past week and watched a couple of movies with us. Here’s what she had to say:
Sandy (aka Elizabeth’s mom)
It was so much fun watching the Eagles documentary with Elizabeth and Chris! It seems that Chris wasn’t all that familiar with the group or their music. Not sure how that happened but he is now sufficiently educated! I’ve always loved their music and heard many things about the personality conflicts. This seems to cover everything from their most early configurations to the current group. Some of it was crazy, some of it was funny and some of it was sad. One thing the documentary makes clear is that from 1972 to 1980: sex + drugs + rock n’ roll = Eagles!
Thank you to Elizabeth and Chris for inviting me to be a guest reviewer on their blog!
My mom was in town last week, and since it’s because of her that I have any knowledge of The Eagles whatsoever, it was only appropriate that we watch the long and expansive documentary with her. I’m usually nervous about watching documentaries on artists I like, especially musicians, because there are some things I just don’t want to know about. Like how Harry Nilsson was a shitty father and sort of sabotaged his own career by knowingly messing up his voice with cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol. Luckily, though, I was pretty much aware of the alpha male personalities of Eagles members Don Henley and Glenn Frey, so not much of the documentary was very shocking to me. It was, however, very interesting, considering I’ve listened to The Eagles pretty much my whole life and know most of their songs pretty well. I always love the smaller stories that come out of music documentaries, like how The Eagles discovered their band name and overall sound after taking peyote in the desert. I could have maybe guessed that’s how things came together, but it’s entertaining to hear it firsthand. I also wasn’t aware how many members came and left the band; I only knew the lineup as they were when they first broke up. That was a little sad to hear, but the big personalities that can make a band so great usually end up coming at a cost. But let’s just say I have a whole new respect for Timothy B. Schmit . . . poor guy.
History of The Eagles is actually in two parts, both parts together clocking in at over 3 hours, so if you’re not already into the band, this isn’t the documentary you can casually sit down and watch. But it’s cool and reminds you of how many awesome songs The Eagles have, which is always a plus.
I’ve never really been a big Eagles fan but we watched this because Elizabeth’s mom is a big fan. I thought the information in the movie was interesting, the filmmaking was just alright, and I was not expecting it to be over three hours. I have to say that I know more about the Eagles now then I thought I ever would but I’m glad I watched it and Elizabeth’s mom did watch a lot more basketball with me than she was probably expecting to.