- Marc Eliot: Glenn Frey's death marks end of a style that defined the vibe of a generation; a sobering wake-up call about aging
- He says Frey, a co-writer of the weary "Hotel California," was a talent who long understood when it was time to move on in his career
Marc Eliot is the author of "To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles." He is also the author of the books "I Feel Good: A Memoir of a Life of Soul," about James Brown, and "Reagan: The Hollywood Years," among many others. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)The passing of Glenn Frey both recalls and closes the book on one of rock's most celebrated rock 'n' roll songwriting teams, but for many of us it also signals something more personal: the passing of a time when the Eagles' "Hotel California" was the anthem for the youth of America in the '70s -- the way Beatles music was for the children of the '60s.