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Clapton: The Autobiography | [Eric Clapton]

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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    Ellen 10-27-12
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    "Amazing and honest!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eric


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Being that Eric is British, the British accent was enough to have me thinking that Eric was reading the story himself.


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

    YES! I coudln't get enough!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    C.S.Kelly United States 05-31-12
    C.S.Kelly United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Expected a lot..."

    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.

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    Cargod63 palm desert, ca, United States 04-26-12
    Cargod63 palm desert, ca, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A little bland"

    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.

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    Irma La Duce 10-30-11 Member Since 2014

    I love to read!

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    "A very magical success story"

    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.

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    Chris 10-18-11
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    "Mostly for Eric Clapton devotees"

    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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    "Compelling and Inspiring"

    This story reveals courage, hope and victory. It tells us that although a person can obtain all of the material advantages that life can offer, there is still something more that adds character to the human soul.

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    J. Johnson Greenville, SC 01-31-10
    J. Johnson Greenville, SC 01-31-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Overall good read"

    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.

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    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 08-28-08
    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 08-28-08

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Best."

    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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    Elizabeth Worcester, MA, USA 05-20-08
    Elizabeth Worcester, MA, USA 05-20-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Ok Book"

    This book was nothing special. If you want to get some insight on addiction you'll get plenty here.

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    H. Stephen Showalter Smithield, VA 01-29-08
    H. Stephen Showalter Smithield, VA 01-29-08 Member Since 2013

    I love physics and science fiction. Just finished Hyperion series by Dan Simmons...

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    "A Fellow Traveler on the Journey to Recovery"

    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.

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