“Hotel California: LA from the Byrds to the Eagles” is the complete three-part documentary produced by BBC Four in England. There’s a lot of Bernie Leadon talking, and some of the segments you’ll recognize as used in the History of the Eagles documentary (HOTE). All three parts of this Eagles BBC documentary total about 88 minutes, and Part Three primarily focuses on the Eagles.
This whole documentary is intriguing to watch. There’s input from several recognizable people in the music business like Henry Diltz, David Geffen, JD Souther, Jackson Browne, Ned Doheny, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Asher, Bonnie Raitt, Pamela Des Barres, Van Dyke Parks, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Mark Volman, Joni Mitchell, Joel Bernstein, Nils Lofgren, Andrew Gold, and others.
Included is some footage of the BBC concert from March of 1973. You can see the whole concert on the BBC In Concert page. Henry Diltz talks a lot about the Desperado photo shoot, and there are a couple more short videos of Henry talking about that on the Desperado page.
Hotel California: LA from the Byrds to the Eagles
Part One – “By the time we got to Woodstock”
Part One is primarily about David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash & Neil Young.
Part Two – “Make it on your own”
Part Two covers Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Jackson Browne.
Part Three – “Taking it to the limit”
Part Three focuses on the Eagles.