A new documentary about legendary pop-rock band the Eagles titled simply History Of the Eagles Part One made its debut Saturday night at the annual Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews. It covers the origins of the band and their rise to fame. The Showtime cable network quickly bought the rights to the film and will show it February 15, 2013 followed by part two the next night. The film is produced by Alex Gibney who directed the 2007 Academy Award winning documentary Taxi To the Dark Side.
The Eagles have been notoriously quiet about what has happened behind the scenes in the history of the rock. Beyond their groundbreaking blend of rock, country, and pop, they were also known for squabbling and infighting that ultimately led to the group's breakup in 1980. They have come back together multiple times since. Drummer and vocalist Don Henley says of the documentary, "It was time to get it down if we were going to do it." Much of the footage included in the film has been locked in private archives for decades.
The Eagles first hit the pop singles chart in the US with "Take It Easy," a #12 hit back in 1972. Before going their separate ways in 1980, the group hit the pop top 10 an impressive 10 times including five songs that went all the way to #1. They also released three consecutive multi-platinum #1 albums in the late 1970s. The Eagles' most recent studio album, 2007's Long Road Out Of Eden, also topped the album chart and has been certified double platinum.
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