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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Led Zeppelin, Keith Richards, Sammy Hagar, Buddy Guy, Marvin Gaye Autobiography Books. All great stories.
Its always fun listening to some of my favorites.
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.
Being that Eric is British, the British accent was enough to have me thinking that Eric was reading the story himself.
YES! I coudln't get enough!
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.
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.
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.
If you enjoy "come back kid" success stories you will love this one. The only thing I missed, is that Mr. Clapton does not define himself as a very, big being. Up to the reader to figure out. He was never on my radar before but now I am a fan. I have nothing but respect, admiration, and the best regards for him and his family. I had no idea of the monumental charity work he has been responsible for.
Eric Clapton's autobiography is probably more interesting as a chronicle of the many bands and people he performed with as it is for a look at his personal story and struggle with addictions. He is not very inciteful but his struggle with sex, drugs, alcohol and rock and roll are worth reading if you struggle with addiction or are a Clapton fan. Otherwise, its mediocre.
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