Philip W. Eagleton:
An Inventory of His Papers, 1970-1995 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Philip W. Eagleton was born to the family of a career soldier on May 14, 1944 in Decatur Illinois. The family lived in San Francisco, Alaska, Chicago, and Oklahoma before moving to Lubbock, Texas, in 1958. Phil graduated from Monterey High School in 1962 and joined the Army that summer, serving in the Philippines and Japan. Discharged in 1965, Phil returned to Lubbock and worked at Methodist [Covenant] Hospital, where he met his future wife, Linda Alvarado.
The couple moved to California for the Summer of Love and married there in 1968. The next year they returned to Texas, where Phil became a journeyman printer at the Austin American-Statesman. Correspondence with bandleader Tommy Hancock began in February of 1970. Phil soon was booking Tommy’s band in the Austin area, while the Hancocks moved to New Mexico and toured nationwide.
Phil and Linda moved back to Lubbock, and he earned a B. S. in Horticulture from Texas Tech in 1977. They spent the next 7 years in Colorado, where Phil was a County Supervisor for Farmers Home Administration (FmHA). When they returned to Texas in 1984, Phil continued as a federal employee in Brownwood, Hamilton, and Richardson, taking early retirement in 2001. He and Linda separated, amicably, in 2006; and Phil resides in South Austin, where he is still active in the live music scene and with letter writing.
This engaging correspondence, reflecting the alternative culture of its day, begins in 1970 when the Hancocks lived in Lubbock and the Eagletons lived in Austin. It continues through several moves by each family and discusses topics such as family life, mutual help, band business and musician friends, lifestyle, and especially spirituality and the ongoing search for Enlightenment. The Guru Maharaj Ji, Prem Rawat, is admired and quoted. There is a lot of good-natured joking and sincere camaraderie even through occasional gaps when the friends lost touch with one another. Included is a letter from Charlene to Linda, one from Phil to Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and snippets from Linda at the ends of some of Phil's letters. The latest correspondence dates to 1995.
A complete set of electrostatic copies as well as Philip and Linda's original correspondence is included in the Eagleton Papers. Tommy and Charlene's original correspondence is in their collection with another complete set of electrostatic copies. All of the material has been scanned into digital form. The collection is in good condition and is part of the Crossroads of Music Collection.
The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Audio and visual recordings may need to be reformatted prior to use and require advance notice to the Reference Librarian.
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Philip W. Eagleton Papers, 1970-1995 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Cynthia Curry, 2007