If you’re writing a heist movie script, you can think of much worse than “three men trying to stay one step ahead of Don Henley when they try to sell the original, handwritten lyrics.” stolen for “Hotel California”. And now The Movie even has an ending: The three Eagle-nappers accused have been charged in a New York court with trying to sell Henley’s notes for more than $1 million.
The New York trial was the culmination of a multi-year odyssey in which “rock auction house” Edward Kosinski and his co-defendants (rare book seller Glenn Horowitz and purchasing director) of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Craig Inciardi) is accused of falsifying his origins. and actively work to prevent Eagles member Don Henley from getting them back. According to TMZ, the men had about 100 pages of Henley lyrics for three songs on their hit 1977 album, which has sold more than 32 million copies worldwide: the title track, “Life in the Fast Lane” and “New Kid in Town”. Based on Rolling Stone, they contacted major auction houses like Sotheby’s, and apparently sold some pages to Henley himself for $8,500.
According to the AP, Horowitz first owned the lyrics in the mid-2000s, purchasing them from an unnamed writer who allegedly photographed them while interviewing the band for a book. Over the years, this writer has offered inconsistent explanations for how he obtained the lyrics. (His most recent alibi, which Glenn Frey gave him, conveniently only appeared in 2016, the year Frey died.) Horowitz later sold them to Kosinski and Inciardi, who who is said to have worked to create a coherent plot of the documentary’s origins.
Inciardi has been suspended by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame until an “internal third-party investigation” is conducted and the “level of allegations” is known, Rock and Roll Hall CEO of Fame Joel Peresman said Rolling Stone.
Since becoming aware of the trio’s actions, Henley has contacted them to tell them the lyrics were stolen and that he wants them back. New York prosecutors say that “instead of making an effort to ensure that they actually had legal title to them, the defendants responded by engaging in a years-long campaign to prevent Henley from recovering restore manuscripts.”
“This action exposes the truth about the sale of musical memorabilia of highly personal, stolen items hidden behind legal facades,” Henley manager Irving Azoff told TMZ. “No one has the right to sell illegal property or profits derived from the complete theft of irreplaceable works of music history.”
Kosinski, Horowitz and Inciardi all face fourth-degree conspiracy charges, as well as individual charges including “first-degree criminal possession of stolen property” (Inciardi and Kosinski). and “second degree obstruction of prosecution” (Horowitz).
“The DA’s office alleges the crime does not exist and unfairly tarnishes the reputation of respected professionals,” the attorneys for the three men accused said in a joint statement. Kosinski’s attorney Antonia Apps added: “Despite six years of investigating the case, the DA did not include a single factual allegation in the indictment that my client did anything wrong.
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