The broadcast rights to "History of the Eagles" have been acquired by Showtime, according to a Jan. 19, 2013, press release from Showtime cable television network. "History of the Eagles" is a two part documentary about the influential folk/ rock band that rose to fame in the 1970s. The film was previewed at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 19, 2013.
The Eagles granted unprecedented access to Academy Award®-winning filmmaker, Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side," "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room"), to produce this inside look into the history of the band and the legacy of its music. The film was directed by Alison Ellwood.
Musicians Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles attended the premiere of "History of the Eagles" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Theater on January 19, 2013 in Park City, Utah. Pictures of the Eagles at the Sundance Film Festival are attached in a slideshow.
Part One of the documentary premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and is scheduled to make its television debut on Friday, February 15, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (two hours) on Showtime Premium Cable television. Part Two of the film will premiere the following night, Saturday, February 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (one hour).
According to information from Showtime, the film contains a meticulously crafted patchwork of rare archival material, concert footage and never-before-seen home movies that explore the evolution and enduring popularity of one of America’s truly defining bands.
Part One of the film investigates the band's creation and rise to fame in the 1970s through their breakup in 1980. The film includes new interviews, conducted with all current and former band members. There are also interviews with others who have been closely involved in their history, such as Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt, seminal artists in the 1970s music scene. The film features previously unreleased home movies and archival footage, including a rare 1977 concert film from the “Hotel California Tour.” The Eagles' personal photos, video and memorabilia amassed over the course of their career will also be seen for the very first time.
Part two of the film picks up in the 1980s, when the Eagles were no longer together. The classic rock genre had just hit American radio and the band's songs remained popular long after their split. The documentary reveals the individual struggles the band members faced both personally and professionally. In the early 90s, the band orchestrated a historic reunion tour and triumphantly found its voice again. To this day, the Eagles’ chemistry as a musical group remains legendary.
The Eagles are rock stars who have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, earned five No. 1 U.S. singles and six Grammy® Awards. Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is the best-selling album of all time, exceeding sales of 29 million units. The band’s Hotel California and Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 have sold more than 16 million and 11 million albums, respectively. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. For more information, visit the Eagles' website.
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