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Clapton: The Autobiography | [Eric Clapton]

Clapton: The Autobiography

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 the significant musical developments of his era. His guitar playing has seen him hailed as "God". Now, for the first time, Eric tells the story of his personal and professional journeys in this pungent, witty, and painfully honest autobiography.
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Publisher's Summary

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 the significant musical developments 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, he 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 book one of the most compelling memoirs of our time.

©2007 E. C. Music Limited; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Both the youthful excesses and the current calm state are narrated with an engaging tone that nudges Clapton's story ahead of other rock 'n' roll memoirs." (Publishers Weekly)
"Clapton is honest - sometimes, as in the account of his son's death, even searing - and often witty, with a hard-won survivor's humor." (The New York Times)

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    Dr. Jim Rudd Charlotte, NC USA 02-22-15
    Dr. Jim Rudd Charlotte, NC USA 02-22-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Great book"

    Great book! Didn't realize he been clean for 20 yrs or a Christian. On to next rock bio! Note to Eric. Sell the blue guitar.

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    Kim Prezioso 02-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Honest and real"

    Truth is stranger than fiction! Who would have guessed? This is a brutally honest look at a human being named Eric Clapton. Genius, artist. Rebel, collector and boy next door. Bravo Eric! It's also a success story for addicts of all types.

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    Mr. Mark Meunier western ,Mass 06-01-14
    Mr. Mark Meunier western ,Mass 06-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I listened to this 2 times !!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Clapton the most enjoyable?

    So many " stars" are impressed with themselves but over and over E.C. showed a true humbleness and thankfulness for all those around him and all those who helped and inspired him. I came away from the book thinking -- I really like that guy , he could be a friend . A warm caring soul , who could play a hell of a guitar


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    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 12-11-12
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Superb narration!"

    The book started well but got a little mundane. It is worth the listen if you are a big music fan. Another great book is the Biography about Kurt Cobain called Heavier than Heaven.

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    DS 11-18-12
    DS 11-18-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "rise, fall and rise of a pop icon"

    Eric Clapton's semi-tragic childhood, troubled teen years, rise to fame and predictable substance abuse is a classic tale of boomer life in the fast lane. What is different is that he (a) lived to see 42 years and (b) cleaned up his act (drugs, then booze) and (c) evolved enough to find and commit to a positive relationship. Not as self-absorbed as most, less star-struck than some, Eric comes across as someone very protective of his privacy (with reason) but open to new people and experiences. Overall, an interesting story, well narrated, and a very good listen, especially for fellow boomers who are interested in re-living our, miss or well, spent youth.

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    sonny 11-07-12
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    "Reality!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Clapton the most enjoyable?

    Pretty happy childhood. Learned music talents easy. Life has its down falls with bad decisions. He found that himself. But a great life story. Not boring for sure.


    What other book might you compare Clapton to and why?

    Led Zeppelin, Keith Richards, Sammy Hagar, Buddy Guy, Marvin Gaye Autobiography Books. All great stories.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh


    Any additional comments?

    Its always fun listening to some of my favorites.

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    Ellen 10-27-12
    Ellen 10-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Amazing and honest!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book! Eric is blunt about his addiction; he's honest about his demons and its contents could serve as reminder for all who have substance abuse problems. He's also a success story with the addiction, so it's powerful and encouraging. The history of his music life is done well; I enjoyed reading about that life journey too. For me, it was a chance to understand an honest portrayal of a man suffering from disease.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eric


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Being that Eric is British, the British accent was enough to have me thinking that Eric was reading the story himself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! I coudln't get enough!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly suggest that if you like biographies, honest portrayals and the reminder that even celebs can have the problems of the regular guy - great read.

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    Chad Duluth, GA, United States 09-06-12
    Chad Duluth, GA, United States 09-06-12
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    "This is a must read for any rock music lovers."

    This book was so incredibly interesting and inspiring! It again makes the same point that many audio books I have read make and that is that one can use music to escape the darkness that life can bring.

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    C.S.Kelly United States 05-31-12
    C.S.Kelly United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Expected a lot..."

    What I got from this is rather a tragic look at what should have been a more exceptional man. He attained what most only dream of and for all intents and purposes blew the opportunities. He attained so much in such an unexceptional manner. One exception was the way he spoke of Conner's brief life-very sad and written with a paint brush...you felt you were there. I met Eric Clapton in the 60's and I was envious of him then...after hearing his words the envy made me feel very happy to be me.

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    Cargod63 palm desert, ca, United States 04-26-12
    Cargod63 palm desert, ca, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A little bland"

    Being a fan and somewhat a historian of Rock and Roll I enjoyed this book by Eric. It was a bit slow in parts but much of the struggle and triumph I found very interesting. I wished he would have dug a bit deeper into area's such as his and George Harrison's relationship but being as private a man as he seems to be I'll take what I can get.

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