Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Curator Allegedly Tried To Sell Don Henley’s Stolen Lyrics
Members of the American soft-rock ensemble The Eagles sit on chairs as the perform on the television show 'Don Kirschner's Rock Concert,' 1979. Bandmembers are (left to right) Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Don Felder. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)
Three men, including the Rock Hall curator, pleaded “not guilty” after being indicted for allegedly trying to sell stolen handwritten lyrics by Eagles co-founder, Don Henley, valued at over $1 million.
As per gathered court documents, there are nearly 100 pages of Henley’s notes that were stolen in the late 1970s by an author hired to write a biography of the band. These include the lyrics to classics “Hotel California” and “Life in the Fast Lane.”
The three men were accused of conspiring to sell Henley’s pages through auction houses, even if they are all aware that the items were stolen. These three men were named as Craig Inciardi, Glenn Horowitz and Edward Kosinski.
Inciardi is the curator and director of acquisitions at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He previously worked for the auction house Sotheby’s before joining the Hall’s staff. It was Horowitz who acquired the Eagles documents in 2005.
He then allegedly recruited Inciardi and Kosinski in an effort to “sell off the documents to various auction houses, as well as trying to ‘coerce’ Henley into buying back the property that rightfully belonged to him.” the Rolling Stone noted. Irving Azoff, Eagles manager said:
“These handwritten lyrics are an integral part of the legacy Don Henley has created over the course of his 50-plus-year career.”
Meanwhile, all three men have been charged with conspiracy in the fourth degree, which carries up to a four-year prison sentence. Inciardi and Kosinski were also charged with criminal possession, while Horowitz was charged with attempted criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of hindering prosecution. All three men pleaded not guilty. The defendants’ attorneys said via statement:
“We will fight these unjustified charges vigorously. These men are innocent.”