The Eagles

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"And we would sing right out loud the things we could not say". The previous quote was made by the Eagles (L&M). While Bob Dylan was still writing songs in protest of the war in Vietnam, the Eagles were writing songs that were an influence to both themselves and to society. That is why it is interesting to look at how the laid-back style of the Eagles affected them and their music.

The Eagles expressed their style through their music. For example, the chorus to the 1972 hit song 'Take It Easy', from their first album, Eagles, "Take it easy, take it easy, don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. Lighten up while you still can, don't even try to understand, just find a place to make your stand, and take it easy". The Eagles have been through some pretty tough times in their career, especially with members coming and going. The current members of the Eagles are; drummer and percussionist Don Henley, guitarist and pianist Glenn Frey, steel and slide guitarist Don Felder, slide guitarist and organist Joe Walsh, bass guitarist Timothy B. Schmit, and former Eagles are; Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner. The Eagles have been labeled to be musicians of many different types of music. When they started, they were considered a county group.

Later they were called a country-rock or bluegrass-rock group. They then broke into rock music with songs like 'Get Over It' and 'Life in the Fastlane'. In 1968, Glenn Frey moved to Los Angeles, California from his home in Detroit, Michigan to begin a singing career (Shapiro 26). Soon after his arrival in California, he met a man named J.D. [John David] Souther. They wrote songs together and even formed a band. In 1969, their band, Longbranch Pennywhistle, released its first album (36). However, the album failed, and in 1970, Frey and Souther went their separate ways (38). After Longbranch Pennywhistle's breakup, Frey wanted to begin a solo career. But he was strongly advised against doing so by David Geffen, future...
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