Eric Clapton is far more than a rock star. Like Dylan and McCartney, he is an icon and a living legend. He has sold tens of millions of records, played sell-out concerts all over the world, and been central to every significant musical development of his era. His guitar playing has seen him hailed as "God". Tracks such as "Layla", "Sunshine of Your Love", "Wonderful Tonight", and "Tears in Heaven" have become anthems for generations of music fans. Now, for the first time, Eric tells the story of his personal and professional journeys in this pungent, witty, and painfully honest autobiography.
Eric was born illegitimate in 1945 and raised by his grandparents. He never knew his father, and until the age of nine believed his absentee mother to be his sister. In his teens his solace was the guitar and he soon became a cult hero in the club circuits of Britain. With the foundation of the world's first super group, Cream, in 1966, he became a world superstar.
But the rock star lifestyle has had a darker side. In more than 40 years at the forefront of his profession, Clapton has twice survived near fatal addictions to drugs and alcohol, the death of his four-year-old son, the deaths of friends such as Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon, the break-up of marriage and the disintegration of relationships with a succession of beautiful women.
These are the memoirs of a survivor, someone who has reached the pinnacle of success, who has had it all, but whose demons have never left him. At the age of 62, Eric is now ready to tell his story as it is, hiding nothing, with a directness and searing honesty that will make this audiobook one of the most compelling memoirs of our time.
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Great autobiography from the legendary Slowhand himself. Clapton talks openly about his own demons and his love for music, both of which have shaped and defined his life to this point. Makes for a brilliant read (or listen!) for not only Clapton fans, but those with a passion for music. Compelling stuff here which will shock, humor and inspire those who take the time to read/listen to this.
Answer to the sad person bringing Racism into E.C.'s biography
Dear misguided please look up the word Racism, it doesn't mean an admiration of Enoch Powell or the hatred of Multiculturalism, which is a total failure that would never and will never work. Mr Clapton when writing a biography does not have to mention every statement he has ever made, nor are they relevant. If you don't like Eric Clapton ignore him don't write senseless statements. Through his music he has done more for Black people than any Multiculturalist left wing government could ever do. Ask B.B.King, he will tell you that Eric Clapton has helped black blues musicians get the royalties and recognition from thier music where they hadn't before. Just had to point that out but realise you're not worth explaining it to.
Clapton is God
I found this abridged version of his Autobiography both wonderously informative on some issues that had not been written about in previous Biogs that I have read on the guitar Maestro and in some parts wonderfully funny.
A must have for all Clapton fans, now all is left for me to do is get my nose into the book.