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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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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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  • TIMOTHY
  • BARRINGTON, IL, United States
  • 07-30-16

CLAPTON, WARTS AND ALL

Would you listen to Clapton again? Why?

ACTUALLY I JUST DID.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Clapton?

THE EXTENT OF HIS PROBLEMS,THE DEATH OF HIS SON,AND THE BREATH OF HIS TALENT.

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

ONE OF THEM.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

YES HIS STAY IN MINN.

Any additional comments?

I ACTUALLY HAD A CHANCE TO MOMENTARILY MEET HIM AT AN AIRPORT IN CHICAGO AND HE WAS QUITE A GENTELMAN.

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Awesome

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.

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Honest and real

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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  • Diane
  • Rochester, NY, USA
  • 09-30-08

Highly recommended, I can't wait to hear it again!

This book is absolutely at the top of my list! I recommend it to anyone who is curious about Eric Clapton or any of the bands that he was a member of. I learned so much about his life and his struggles. The story motivated me and I can only imagine what it would do for someone with an addiction issue. I will listen to this again and this time I'll take notes. I've already purchased a 2-cd set and have a new appreciation for the music Clapton has written.

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  • Patti
  • Olive Hill, KY, USA
  • 03-26-08

LOVED it

We started out on an 8 hour drive and couldn't wait to start this book. We were hooked immediately and loved every minute of it. We were wishing our drive was even longer because we weren't able to finish it until the return trip! Eric's voice was perfect and I believe made it even better knowing it was him speaking. He read as if he was sitting with us telling his story. I'll recommend this highly to friends for sure.

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Guitar Zero

I'd hoped this book would capture the flavor and excitement of the late sixties/early seventies peroid - the mini renaissance of the hippie era, but it doesn't. Instead it captures just one more pathetic life of the rich and famous. It was a mistake for Clapton to write this, better that the public believe the myth. It was good in a way though, in the way it serves to eradicate any vestige hero worship that may linger deep within the subconscious. For that I'm grateful. It made me feel better about myself: at least I'm not a miserable, pathetic, self-centered, putz like this dude. Thanks Clapton.

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