3 arrested for trying to sell the notes and lyrics of Don Henley’s Hotel California

Law enforcement officials in New York have accused three men, including a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame employee, of trying to sell the stolen archival materials of the Eagles’ landmark 1977 album , Hotel California.

via celebrity access

According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., Glenn Horowitz, Craig Inciardi and Edward Kosinski have been charged with their alleged involvement in a conspiracy to sell approximately 100 pages of Don Henley’s handwritten lyrics and notes. , including lyrics. on the songs “Hotel California”, “Life in the Fast Lane”, and “New Kid In Town”.

The indictment alleges the three men knew the equipment, which the district attorney’s office estimated at more than $1 million, was stolen.

Craig Inciardi is Curator and Director of Acquisitions for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum. According to Cleveland.com, Inciardi was one of Rock Hall’s first employees and was on the Rock Hall’s curatorial staff before it opened in 1995.

More recently, he has been based in New York, where he is based in the offices of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

The district attorney’s office also alleges that in their offer to sell the manuscripts, the defendants fabricated false provenance and lied to auction houses, potential buyers and law enforcement about the material’s origin. .

The three men have been charged with one count of conspiracy in the fourth degree. Inciardi and Kosinski also face one count of criminal possession of stolen property in the first degree and Mr. Horowitz faces other counts of attempted criminal possession of stolen property in the first degree and two counts of obstruction of prosecution in second degree.

According to court documents, Henley’s notes and lyrics originally disappeared in the 1970s after an author who had been hired to write a biography of the band allegedly stole them. Bragg’s office alleges the biographer sold the manuscripts to Mr. Horowitz, a rare book dealer, in 2005.

Horowitz then sold the material to Mr. Inciardi and Mr. Kosinski, who attempted to sell the manuscripts through Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction houses or coerce Henley into repurchasing the material.

The indictment includes lengthy email correspondence regarding an alleged multi-year plan to explain how the three men obtained the manuscript, including a suggestion by Horowitz that they claim the late Eagles frontman Glenn Frey , was the source.

According to a 2017 email purportedly written by Horowitz, naming Frey, who died in 2016, as the source would “make this all go away once and for all.”

“New York is a world-class hub for art and culture, and those who sell cultural artifacts must strictly follow the law. There is no place for those who would seek to ignore basic expectations of fair use and to undermine public confidence in our cultural commerce for their own ends,” District Attorney Bragg said. “These defendants attempted to preserve and sell these unique and valuable manuscripts, even though they knew that “They had no right to do so. They made up stories about where the documents came from and their right to own them so they could profit from them.”

After their arrest, the three men were released without bail.

In a statement provided to Reuters, lawyers for the accused say the case is without merit.

“The DA’s office alleges crime where there is none and unfairly tarnishes the reputations of highly respected professionals,” defense attorneys Antonia Apps, Jonathan Bach and Stacey Richman said in a joint statement, noting that their clients intend to “fight vigorously against these unwarranted accusations”. ”

Nicholas E. Crittendon