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Clapton Audiobook

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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    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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    Richard 08-06-15
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    "Great Read"

    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.

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    Samuel 07-13-15
    Samuel 07-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Heavy Insight"

    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.

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    R. Michael Dowden 07-08-15 Member Since 2008
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    "I used to love Eric Clapton."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Used to love Eric Clapton, I still appreciate him. Just never realized what a narcissist he was.


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    "Awesome"

    A Must Read for anyone interested in Classic Rock artists. Clapton's story is an amazing insight into a deeply troubled but incredible artist and influence to millions of boomers. The fact that he survived the 60's-80's is one thing but his turnaround and family focus is God given.

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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
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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 2016
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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 2016
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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

    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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