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.
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"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)
I've only listened to half a dozen audiobooks so far, and this currently ranks first. Simon Vance's reading is lovely.
I love the early stuff: childhood leading into the Yardbirds and Cream: I loved looking up songs of Bluesmen that I hadn't heard before that were so seminal to Clapton. However, what makes this most memorable is his story of recovery, providing his experience, strength, and hope.
The most moving element was how he dealt with so many losses, starting with the untimely death of his son... all in sobriety.
His recovery story brought tears to my eyes.
I'm such a fan of his early work (through Derek & the Dominos) and his later work (MTV Unplugged and beyond), and had always wondered what had happened in between. The answer? The toll of drugs and alcohol made his middle (solo) work less interesting for me at the time; but this is also what makes the autobiography that much more compelling....
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.
ByronS eclectic and interested. Father of 2 wonderful children a 23 year old man and a 6 year old sweetheart. Love to read & the beach.
If you like the history of rock & roll as well as the blues this is a great book.
I would've liked to heard more about his friendship with George Harrison but overall a great listen.
I could listen to this book again. Simon Vance was the perfect narrator. I knew it was not EC reading the book, but Vance made you believe it was.
I enjoyed much of the Yardbirds and Cream years of the book. Also, the scenes at EC's house where he and other musicians were jamming and hanging out.
If I had the time, I could have listen to the entire book at once.
I can appreciate that drugs and alcohol were unfortunately an important part of EC's life and he felt he had to include all of it, but I would have traded 50 pages of his vices for 50 more pages of discussion of his music.
Just a great read. Good insight into his past, his demons and what ultimately kept him going and why he still is entertaining fans today.
From what I have read about Clapton it was accurate and more of a confession of past sins etc.
A must read for any Clapton fan.
I enojoyed this book from the beginning. The narrator is absolutely fantastic and makes it feel like Clapton himself is reading this life to you. Many times Clapton let his ego transform him into a complete ass. His various battles with addiction and lack of respect for women in his life all seem to stem from a real deep place as never being accepted as a child from his mother.
Not being around in the 60's i loved hearing the behind the scenes look into the road life and how he interacted with other major bands at the time.
I highly recommend this 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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