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)
This book started off slow for me but over time it got more interesting. Hearing of the tales that inspired some of his most famous songs was insightful. Some people are complaining about how this book dealt to much with addiction, but addiction is probably the biggest issue of Clapton's life so it makes sense. The book starts to ramble on towards the end like he didn't know how to wrap it up, but overall if you're a Clapton fan I think you'll find this book entertaining.
Say something about yourself!
wow.. that was amazing.. great story. clapton isnt god but he'll do for a rock legend.. after you read this book your best move would be to go buy an album.. it all makes sense.
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As a recovering alcholic, this autobiography is right on the money. The path to the bottom is always the same. This is an incredibly honest book; not for the timid.
A great book to read. The counter culture had a lot going on, including drugs and drink. But most of us were looking for our purpose. Sorry to hear many of our rockers, didn't have a clue. Thanks to Eric, who is now sober, we can cheer him on as a true leader of our past. Glad he made it!
I have read all of the books about Clapton and this is by far the best. As you listen to this I can understand where he is coming from, and it made me really understand his music.
This book is like sitting down and having someone tell you their own story. The good, the bad, the really bad and all the ups and downs. It's reassuring that even the most famous and talented have real lives and real stories to tell. So sit down, get a cup of tea and have a nice read.
NV, not NY
I'd hoped this book would capture the flavor and excitement of the late sixties/early seventies peroid - the mini renaissance of the hippie era, but it doesn't. Instead it captures just one more pathetic life of the rich and famous. It was a mistake for Clapton to write this, better that the public believe the myth. It was good in a way though, in the way it serves to eradicate any vestige hero worship that may linger deep within the subconscious. For that I'm grateful. It made me feel better about myself: at least I'm not a miserable, pathetic, self-centered, putz like this dude. Thanks Clapton.
This book is absolutely at the top of my list! I recommend it to anyone who is curious about Eric Clapton or any of the bands that he was a member of. I learned so much about his life and his struggles. The story motivated me and I can only imagine what it would do for someone with an addiction issue. I will listen to this again and this time I'll take notes. I've already purchased a 2-cd set and have a new appreciation for the music Clapton has written.
We started out on an 8 hour drive and couldn't wait to start this book. We were hooked immediately and loved every minute of it. We were wishing our drive was even longer because we weren't able to finish it until the return trip! Eric's voice was perfect and I believe made it even better knowing it was him speaking. He read as if he was sitting with us telling his story. I'll recommend this highly to friends for sure.
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