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  • Clapton

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Eric Clapton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 10-19-07

Required reading

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Reviewed: 11-26-13

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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