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Clapton Audiobook

Clapton: The 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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    Velvet 11-26-13
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    "Required reading"
    Where does Clapton rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've only listened to half a dozen audiobooks so far, and this currently ranks first. Simon Vance's reading is lovely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Clapton?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The most moving element was how he dealt with so many losses, starting with the untimely death of his son... all in sobriety.


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

    His recovery story brought tears to my eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    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....

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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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    Rat 08-02-16
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    ByronS eclectic and interested. Married the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. Father of 2. Love to read.

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    "A great story"

    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.
    Highly recommended.

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    S. Gruszecki 07-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Meh"

    The book does not do Eric's life justice I don't think. It was very boring and went into super minute detail about some things and then glazed over others.

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    J. Gonzalez Virginia Beach, VA United States 06-29-16
    J. Gonzalez Virginia Beach, VA United States 06-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good & enjoyable listen. Kudos to Simon Vance"
    Would you listen to Clapton again? Why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    If I had the time, I could have listen to the entire book at once.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mc Frisco pen 06-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved the book. inspiring life rebounds "

    What a strong spirit. He gives the credit to where credit was due, his wonderful grandparents.

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    thadjw 05-21-16
    thadjw 05-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good but not great."

    A lot about addiction. The lead 100 pages was pretty great. Some interesting perspectives on living a good life.

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    Richard 08-06-15
    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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    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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