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Clapton - The AutoBiography - Audio Book CD - Eric Clapton

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Clapton - The AutoBiography - Audio Book CD - Eric Clapton

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Clapton - The Autobiography - Audio Book CD

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Clapton - The Autobiography - Audio Book CD - Eric Clapton

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The famous musician who defined rock in the 1960s and continues to astonish and delight a broad spectrum of music fans informs, for the first-time, the story of his individual and pro journeys in this pungent, witty, and painfully honest autobiography.

Eric Clapton is more than a rock star. Like Dylan and McCartney he is an icon along with a living legend. He has sold tens of millions of records, played sell-out concerts all over the planet and been central to the substantial musical developments of his era. His guitar playing has watched him hailed as 'God'. Tracks like 'Layla', 'Sunshine Of Your Love', 'Wonderful Tonight' and 'Tears In Heaven' have become anthems for decades of music fans. Then for the first-time, Eric informs the story of his individual and pro journeys in this pungent, witty and painfully honest autobiography.

Eric was born illegitimate in 1945 and raised by his grandparents. He not knew his dad and until the age of 9 believed his absentee mom to be his sister. In his teenagers his solace was the guitar and he shortly became a cult hero in the club circuits of Britain. With the foundation of the world's initially super group Cream in 1966 he became a globe superstar.
But the rock star life-style has had a darker side. In over forty years at the forefront of his career he has twice survived near fatal addictions to drugs and alcohol, the death of his four-year-old son, the deaths of neighbors like Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon, the break-up of wedding and the disintegration of relationships with a succession of breathtaking ladies.
These are the memoirs of the survivor, somebody who has reached the pinnacle of success, who has had it all, but whose demons have not left him. Eric is today prepared to tell his story as it is very, hiding nothing, with a directness and searing honesty that usually create this book the most compelling memoirs of our time.

More About the Author Eric Clapton:

The Yardbirds & the Bluesbreakers

Clapton joined The Yardbirds, a blues-influenced rock and roll band in 1963 and stayed with them until March 1965. Synthesising affects from Chicago blues and leading blues guitarists including Buddy Guy, Freddie King and B.B. King, Clapton forged a distinctive fashion and quickly became the most talked-about guitarists in the British music scene. The band initially played Chess/Checker/Vee-Jay blues numbers and started to attract a big cult following when they took over the Rolling Stones' residency at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond. They toured England with American bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson II; a joint LP, recorded in December 1963, was issued belatedly under both their names in 1965. In March 1965, really as Clapton left the band, the Yardbirds had their initially main hit, on which Clapton played guitar: "For Your Love."

It was during his time with all the Yardbirds that Clapton acquired the nickname "Slowhand". Whenever he broke a guitar string on stage he would instantly substitute it himself; British viewers would reply with slow hand claps until he was completed and prepared to play again. Inspired by this, and in ironic reference to Clapton's 'fast' playing, the Yardbirds' manager Giorgio Gomelsky christened him "Slowhand" Clapton.

Still obstinately focused on blues music, Clapton was strongly offended by the Yardbirds' brand-new pop-oriented way, partly because "For Your Love" had been created by pop songwriter-for-hire Graham Gouldman, who had furthermore created hits for teen pop outfit Herman's Hermits and harmony pop band The Hollies. Clapton suggested fellow guitarist Jimmy Page as his substitution, but Page was at that time unwilling to relinquish his profitable profession as a freelance studio musician, thus Page therefore suggested Clapton's successor, Jeff Beck. While Beck and Page played together in the Yardbirds, the trio of Beck, Page, and Clapton were not in the group together. But, the trio did appear found on the 12-date benefit tour for Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis, plus found on the uncommon blues album Guitar Boogie, but not all found on the same tracks.

Clapton joined John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in April 1965.His passionate playing in nightclubs — and found on the immensely influential album, Blues Breakers — established Clapton's name internationally as a blues guitarist. With his 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar and Marshall amplifier, Clapton's playing by then had inspired a well-publicised graffito that deified him with all the distinguished slogan "Clapton is God". The phrase was spray-painted by an admirer on a wall in an Islington Underground station in the autumn of 1967. The graffito was grabbed in a now-famous picture, in which a dog is urinating found on the wall. Clapton is effectively reported to have been embarrassed by the slogan, suggesting in The South Bank Show profile of him created in 1987, "I not accepted that I was the biggest guitar player in the globe. I constantly desired to become the largest guitar player in the globe, but that's an perfect, and I accept it as an perfect." Contrary to a common myth (perpetuated by, amongst others, the South Bank Show programme itself), "Clapton is God" slogans didn't appear everywhere but just on that wall.


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