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.
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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.
ACTUALLY I JUST DID.
THE EXTENT OF HIS PROBLEMS,THE DEATH OF HIS SON,AND THE BREATH OF HIS TALENT.
ONE OF THEM.
YES HIS STAY IN MINN.
I ACTUALLY HAD A CHANCE TO MOMENTARILY MEET HIM AT AN AIRPORT IN CHICAGO AND HE WAS QUITE A GENTELMAN.
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.
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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