Rock Hall Curator Is Charged With Possessing Don Henley’s Stolen Eagles Lyrics
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame curator and two co-conspirators recently faced charges of stealing Don Henley‘s Eagles lyrics and trying to sell them illegally.
In the late 1970s, the Eagles hired an unidentified author to write a biography of the band. However, this person stole around 100 pages of Don Henley’s notes and handwritten lyrics, including the lyrics to their biggest hit, ‘Hotel California.’ The unnamed author then sold these manuscripts to Glenn Horowitz in 2005.
Although Henley tried to recover these notes, his efforts were futile. Horowitz placed the value of these documents at around $1 million and allegedly sold them to Edward Kosinski and Craig Inciardi. Following that, the trio began trying to sell them to several auction houses like Sotheby’s and tried to coerce Henley into buying his property.
Inciardi is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame curator and director of acquisitions. Before joining the Hall, he worked for the auction house Sotheby’s. After learning about the stolen manuscripts, Henley filed a police report to get them back. However, Kosinski and Inciardi argued receiving them from Glenn Frey.
Recently, on July 12, the three men were charged with conspiracy in the fourth degree, which carries a prison sentence of up to four years. Moreover, Inciardi and Kosinski were charged with criminal possession, while Horowitz was charged with hindering prosecution in the second degree and attempted illegal possession of the stolen property.
As reported by Rolling Stone, the Eagles’ manager Irving Azoff said that these documents are part of the legacy Henley created throughout his over-five-decades career. This incident showed the truth of the sales of stolen memorabilia hidden behind legitimacy. Azoff added that no one has the right to sell illegally obtained property or profit from them.
According to Rolling Stone, Irving Azoff said the following:
“This action exposes the truth about music memorabilia sales of highly personal, stolen items hidden behind a facade of legitimacy. No one has the right to sell illegally obtained property or profit from the outright theft of irreplaceable pieces of musical history. These handwritten lyrics are an integral part of the legacy Don Henley has created throughout his 50-plus-year career.”
Apart from being charged with two counts of hindering prosecution and attempted criminal possession of the stolen property, the Rock Hall curator Inciardi got suspension from his role. Moreover, the attorneys of the three men claim their clients are innocent, and these charges are unjustified.