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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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  • Cargod63
  • palm desert, ca, United States
  • 04-26-12

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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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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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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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

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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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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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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  • Linda
  • Malibu, CA, USA
  • 11-09-07

a blast to the past

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!

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A Legend

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.

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