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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Bo
  • Paradise Valley, AZ, USA
  • 11-07-07

too much detail!

You can only listen to so many tales of drunken exploits and incessant womanizing before going.... ho,hum, so what.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A great story

If you like the history of rock & roll as well as the blues this is a great book.
I would've liked to heard more about his friendship with George Harrison but overall a great listen.
Highly recommended.

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loved the book. inspiring life rebounds

What a strong spirit. He gives the credit to where credit was due, his wonderful grandparents.

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Great Read

Just a great read. Good insight into his past, his demons and what ultimately kept him going and why he still is entertaining fans today.

From what I have read about Clapton it was accurate and more of a confession of past sins etc.

A must read for any Clapton fan.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Heavy Insight

I enojoyed this book from the beginning. The narrator is absolutely fantastic and makes it feel like Clapton himself is reading this life to you. Many times Clapton let his ego transform him into a complete ass. His various battles with addiction and lack of respect for women in his life all seem to stem from a real deep place as never being accepted as a child from his mother.
Not being around in the 60's i loved hearing the behind the scenes look into the road life and how he interacted with other major bands at the time.
I highly recommend this book.

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I used to love Eric Clapton.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Used to love Eric Clapton, I still appreciate him. Just never realized what a narcissist he was.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Very interesting

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.

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Great story with perfect narration

Talk about an open and honest autobiography! Mr Clapton has let loose all of the stories from the road, his home life, his issues with other performers, family, love and loss. It is not often that a musician writes his own life story and is so forthcoming and honest about everything, dispelling rumours that I have long held true. His honest portrayal of relationships, feelings and addictions. I can not help but compare this book to Bruce Springsteens autobiography, written from the heart AND sould. Once again, the narration by Simon Vance has made a great book even better, one that I will listen to again, a few more times.

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"Clapton is Human"

Clapton is not God. He is Human. And a great one at that. A hero for his honesty. This book is great. Thank you Eric.

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A very real story of a legend.

For musicians to read, and for fans who wonder, this is a great bio. This is very well written and complete look into Clapton's life. A real insight to the man, his journey, and the music.