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Clapton: The Autobiography [Reading] ➸ Clapton: The Autobiography By Eric Clapton – “I found a pattern in my behavior that had been repeating itself for years decades even Bad choices were my specialty and if something honest and decent came along I would shun it or run the other w “I found a pattern in my behavior that had been repeating itself for years decades even Bad choices were my specialty and if something honest and decent came along I would shun it or run the other way”With striking intimacy and candor Eric Clapton tells the story of his eventful and inspiring life in this poignant and honest autobiography More than a rock star he is an icon a living embodiment of the history of rock music Well known for his reserve Clapton: The PDF or in a profession marked by self promotion flamboyance and spin he now chronicles for the first time his remarkable personal and professional journeys Born illegitimate in and raised by his grandparents Eric never knew his father and until the age of nine believed his actual mother to be his sister In his early teens his solace was the guitar and his incredible talent would make him a cult hero in the clubs of Britain and inspire devoted fans to scrawl “Clapton is God” on the walls of London’s Underground With the formation of Cream the world's first supergroup he became a worldwide superstar but conflicting personalities tore the band apart within two years His stints in Blind Faith in Delaney and Bonnie and Friends and in Derek and the Dominos were also short lived but yielded some of the most enduring songs in history including the classic “Layla” During the late sixties he played as a guest with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan as well as the Beatles the Rolling Stones and longtime friend George Harrison It was while working with the latter that he fell for George’s wife Pattie Boyd a seemingly unreuited love that led him to the depths of despair self imposed seclusion and drug addiction By the early seventies he had overcome his addiction and released the bestselling album Ocean Boulevard with its massive hit “I Shot the Sheriff” He followed that with the platinum album Slowhand which included “Wonderful Tonight” the touching love song to Pattie whom he finally married at the end of A short time later however Eric had replaced heroin with alcohol as his preferred vice following a pattern of behavior that not only was detrimental to his music but contributed to the eventual breakup of his marriage In the eighties he would battle and begin his recovery from alcoholism and become a father But just as his life was coming together he was struck by a terrible blow His beloved four year old son Conor died in a freak accident At an earlier time Eric might have coped with this tragedy by fleeing into a world of addiction But now a much stronger man he took refuge in music responding with the achingly beautiful “Tears in Heaven” Clapton is the powerfully written story of a survivor a man who has achieved the pinnacle of success despite extraordinary demons It is one of the most compelling memoirs of our time.

  • ebook
  • 336 pages
  • Clapton: The Autobiography
  • Eric Clapton
  • English
  • 08 May 2016
  • 9780767928427

About the Author: Eric Clapton

Eric Patrick Clapton CBE nicknamed Slowhand is a Grammy Award winning English rock guitarist singer songwriter and composer He is one of the most successful musicians of the th and st centuries garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The Yardbirds Cream and solo Often viewed by critics and fans alike as one of the greatest guitarists of all t.

10 thoughts on “Clapton: The Autobiography

  1. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    It seems as if Eric Clapton wrote this tell all autobiography in an attempt to debunk the oft heard graffiti fied slogan “Clapton is God” If so mission accomplished I’ve loved his music since I can remember but I never really considered what he was like as a person Turns out that he's an average joe who can sometimes be a bit of a dicklike most average joes He’s got his reasons illegitimacy abandonment and a bevy of the usual childhood dramas Clapton lays them out fairly generously and you have to give him credit for owning up to his less than stellar side Clapton will always hold a place in my heart for the work he did in the '60s with such legendary bands as the Yardbirds Cream Blind Faith Derek and the Dominos John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers and this is why I really read this bookI would've been oh so happy to read an entire book dedicated to his work during those years but this is not it And that's understandable This is after all an autobiography about his entire life thus far and it's always best if those don't bog down in any one era of a person's life But considering the work he did in the '60s and how huge a rockstar Clapton is now can you even imagine the level he’d be on if he didn’t waste the greater part of the 70s and 80s drinking and doing drugs? I mean this guy had serious addiction problems and once the book moves on to discuss that portion of his life it turns almost entirely into a broken record revolving around and around detailing year after year how fucked up he was on coke and heroine Then once he finally kicked drugs it became all about the booze How he managed to live through the '70s and '80s never mind actually put out albums and perform is beyond me By all rights the man should be dead after all the shit he’s ingested I was fairly sure going in that I wasn’t going to enjoy the book after he was done discussing his career in the '60s but I read on and I don’t regret it It’s a decently written book laid out with a linear timeline so it’s generally easy to follow Clapton knows uite a few famous and influential people who get mentioned herein He also seems to name just about every person whomever ever came into his life Hell his local pub landlord even gets a mention It's nice that he shows his appreciation however it does bog down the story a little at timesClapton bravely tackles an embarrassing aspect of his life his unfortunate racist comments which he might have glossed over and I'd be none the wiser He also touches upon the death of his child which I do remember uite vividly and his efforts to sober up so for those who need to see a dose of humble repentance and redemption you get a measure of it here All in all this is a decent book for those looking to learn about its author beyond just the music

  2. Max Max says:

    Eric Clapton's attempt at writing an interesting account of his life was pretty much a failureI read the book because I am a fan of his music though not a huge one because I had read another rock star's Anthony Kiedis drug related biography and enjoyed it and because my mom got it for me so I felt obligated to do so From beginning to end I found rare interest in anything the knight had to record about himself Unfortunately I am writing this well over a year after reading it but I can fairly attest to the repetitiveness of his writing What I enjoyed most was reading about his influences and all the great blues musicians that got him started After that hearing about his infidelity drug abuse and how he treated his friends and family made me really despise the man It was dreadful to hear about his son's tragic death however with such a sad story he could have presented a truly poignant piecebut he let that opportunity to get the reader involved in his life slip away The way he portrayed his life basically seemed cold and distant He has had an interesting life but he should have let someone write this for himEditing this review in 2016 to add that it wasn't his drug abuse itself that made me despise him but it in relation to how he treated the people that loved him Having an affair with one of his best friend's wives George Harrison's and writing a song about her Layla while they were still married is one of the things I remember best Since having read the book I've also discovered how bigoted he is toward foreigners to the UK or Brits that he misjudges for their heritage alone He is even despicable to me now and it stands out as especially ironic that he was so influenced by black musicians many of whom he called friends

  3. Brendan Brendan says:

    His memoir just like his life is seemingly compelling at first and utterly vacuous at the end Clapton's story starts out with a confusing childhood and then builds a bright flame of artistry on top This all crumbles as his desire and dependecy steer him to the brink self destruction But all of the compelling rock n' roll stories that should be in this autobiography are replaced with remorseful and arrogant AAgroup therapy recounts of his misadventures As he winds down his story I'm left as a reader wondering why am I reading this? The last several chapters read like a digest of his diary Clapton gets married clapton has kids clapton goes on tour claton gets homesick clapton sees his kids and is happy clapton is done with tour clapton sits around and then goes fishing clapton writes an autobiography Who the fuck cares?

  4. Julie Christine Julie Christine says:

    It wasn't until I started the autobiography that I considered why it appealed to me in the first place I'm a rather indifferent fan of Clapton'sCreamDerek the Dominos etc Unplugged is the only album of his that I own It was of a curiosity about that era the hardcore sex drugs rock roll of the 70s and to read about the experiences of someone who barely made it out alive that compelled me to read As a child in the 70s I was watching Mr Rogers when EC was writing Layla and wreaking havoc on his physical and mental health with heroin But having older brothers meant that rock and roll played a major role in my life I could sing along to Blue Oyster Cult Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd by the tender age of 8 Almost Famous is one of my favorite movies Clapton wrote this memoir at the age of 62 looking back with humility and not a small degree on wonder on a life that brought him fame piles of cash lasting friendships and a profound love of the blues and dedication to that musical genre It also nearly killed him as he battled addictions to heroin alcohol and doomed relationships He's not the most elouent writer and I felt the most at loose ends when reading about his early days as a musician He also seemed to keep an emotional distance from most of his personal relationships particularly those in the 70s It was like a reporting of facts than an analysis of his actions and feelings To be fair he likely has a hard time recalling most of those years; but for his keeping a journal most of the 70s and early 80s would be lost in a haze of highs and hangovers But when addressing his addictions particularly alcohol and the process of recovery his writing becomes uite articulate and almost tender His hardly knew his son Conor who died in a horrible accident in the early 90s and the depression recovery that followed Conor's death seems to be the catalyst that created the far humble and positive person he has become It's amazing that anyone could survive what he and so many others did to their bodies their psyches clearly Hendrix Morrison Joplin and many others did not Makes me grateful for my dull life But there's no denying that we lived vicariously through these musicians the romance of that lifestyle ended with the hyper commercialism of the modern music industry

  5. Donald Donald says:

    Eric Clapton guitar god has written his autobiography aptly titled Clapton The Autobiography It covers his entire life from his poor upbringing to the present day as happy family man He addresses every phase of his personal and professional life which is amazing in the fact that the book clocks in at only 328 pages Maybe this is why as honest as Clapton is it left me wanting a bit For instance during his drunk periods he admits to being chauvinistic to his then wife Patti and starting fights with various people but he never actually gives the details Maybe I have to read Patti Boyd's autobiography if I want The overall read this memoir gives on Clapton's personality is one of obsession From his love of the blues to his infatuations with many women to his desire to work with different musicians to his abuse of drugs and alcohol Everything is done full bore damn the conseuences It took age and years of recovery for Clapton to mature enough to start a family with his current wife Melia and settle into a less destructive lifestyleI give Clapton credit for being so forthcoming in his text and admitting to faults and mistakes that most people would choose to keep hidden Possibly being such a public figure for so long didn't really give him an option here; other people have and will write books and some of the stories are already legend But still I was almost embarrassed reading some of his adventures Especially one in particular that involved a strange woman who preyed on his vulnerability by claiming she could help him win back Patti with different spells The situation gets way out of handMaybe it was just a case of fighting a tight deadline but I feel this book could have benefited with a stronger editor to guide the text The writing was good Clapton wrote it himself but someone really needed to just step in a few places and ask for here and here and here John Lennon's murder wasn't even mentioned Surely this must have affected Clapton in some way even if it was just to concern himself with his own safety Not to mention Clapton's friendship with George Harrison Didn't he discuss this with Harrison or call and console him about the death of his Beatle brother? Despite my few problems with the book I really found it to be a uick read and a real page turner It allowed me the reader to get an intimate glimpse into the life and mind of one of the most successful artists of the last 40 years And the glimpse isn't always a pretty picture


    Because of Clapton's connection to the Beatles via his close friend George Harrison I was intrigued to read his autobiography As we all know he wooed Pattie Boyd Harrison away from George and later married her I read Pattie Harrison's autobiography Wonderful Tonight which came out at almost the same time as Eric'sAlthough I am not a fan of Clapton's music I found his life story very interesting and even inspiring His writing style was wonderful as it was as though he was truly speaking to the reader He penned this himself and it shows He was honest throughout with his addictions failed relationships and the tragedy of losing his son Conor This is a book with a happy ending and that's where the inspiring part comes in I came away from this book with hefty respect for this man He triumphed over drug and alcohol addictions and began really living life as a result Today his is happily married with four children and loving the normal life Well done

  7. Louise Louise says:

    Besides music Eric Clapton can write prose I wondered who the ghostwriter was but towards the end he said he carried the drafts with him on tour Not only is the book coherent in a way many autobiographies are not it appears to be an honest presentation of his life as he lived it Most autobiographers tell little jokes on themselves but very few of will tell of their deepest disappointments in themselves Clapton tells how tried to be sober to visit his son but thought of drinking the whole time with him yes the son who fell to his death at age 4 He tells how he longed for PattyLayla while in other relationships including with her sister and how in pursuit of her he got taken in very strangely so by a self described seer a continent away He tells how his perceived somewhat real but not complete rejection by his mother shaped his sexuality for years and specifically how some women rejected him Most brutally he tells the story of Alice who was 16 when he became involved with herThere is insight into the music the bands he joined and left his respect for musicianship and craftsmanship You learn the full story of Layla and that “Wonderful Tonight” was written in anger fooled me He has disdain for the music business and the music he feels is written for the marketMany biographers and autobiographers drop the parent relationship after the first chapter and might give a death a page or two Clapton describes the adult relationships again in brutal honesty he has with his mother grandparents step siblings and uncle As an aside Bobby Darin had a similar childhood but his mother’s ruse lasted into adulthood; Clapton was luckier in that the secrets weren’t kept very wellThis book has not been well received by reviewers Maybe the honesty is too raw the treatment of women too objectified but he wasn’t alone George Harrison was all too ready to swap his wife for a romp with her sister and Mick Jagger would easily hustle the women Clapton brought in his orbit and the tone too interior Maybe the ending about family life and the drudge parts of touring is dull compared with the rambling early life Maybe it is his weak defense ofexcuse for I'm not political racist comments with no awareness of whose music made him wealthy Maybe they think he should not have so many houses cars or finance a boat with just one tour Maybe they think he should express grief for the people he hurt Maybe they are evaluating the disturbing elements of his life and not the bookThis book can be valuable to anyone with an addiction in any phase of recovery and the people who care about them It is also a primary source on the birth of the music industry I think it is a 4 star but I am giving it a 5 because its honesty It might be able to help others accept their addictions and help reconcile what they did to conserve or deny the addiction This uniue period in musical history and the culture that made the music could use honest documentation like this

  8. Ted Ted says:

    If you're a total Slowhand freak and I am this book is invaluable in that it comes right from the horse's mouth I've read a number of EC biographies and obviously the main events of his life story are the same here as they are in the past Cream still implodes Layla still gets recorded etc In that sense there isn't much new information as there is the personal perspective and voice of Clapton himselfMost revealing are the details of his youth growing up Everyone knows about the illegitimacy issues and the resulting confusion but there's an added poignancy when you get the details that EC provides himselfYou also get a taste of his experience in Hazeldon that you don't get anywhere else again with emotional depth that even an authorized biography can't touchIronically it's the happiness in EC's life that make the tail end of the book a bit anticlimactic His apparently happy marriage and family life after a series of traumatic and sometimes bizarre relationships and affairs are good news for those of us who wish him well but don't make for page turning readingFor example about halfway through the book Clapton recounts the agonizing epic love triangle among Pattie Boyd George Harrison and himself along with the fall into addiction and the creation of the glorious Layla albumSkip ahead 150 pages and EC is describing the emotional turmoil that comes with deciding whether or not he and his bank account has it in him to purchase his own personal luxury yacht I'm glad for Clapton that his major source of soul searching now is whether he's merely obscenely wealthy or super obscenely wealthy but this isn't the sort of sturm und drang that created LaylaBut it's not fair to critiue the man's life for not being sufficiently traumatizing to follow a traditional dramatic arc He's simply telling it like it isThe one thing I would have liked of is some details about his approach to his craft Musicianship is not a concept covered in any appreciable depth in the book and that's ultimately what I'm most drawn to in Clapton But then again that's what the music itself is for

  9. Carmen Carmen says:

    Wow I'm not familiar with Clapton or his music This book made him seem like a very selfish inconsiderate individual But it wasn't too boring His struggles with heroin and alcohol were the most interesting I don't really believed he lovedloves any womanonly himself It's surprising that he comes off as so badly in his own wordsI don't think he even realizes how unsympathetic a character he makes himself

  10. George Bradford George Bradford says:

    Full Disclosure Before reading this book I was not a huge Eric Clapton fan Sure I'd enjoyed him in concert a few times and I owned some of his albums I respected him But I wasn't all that interested in reading about him I was interested in reading what he had to say about George Harrison Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray VaughanIn this book Eric Clapton has plenty to say about all three But he's got even to say about a lot of other people events places and things And in doing so he penned an incredible autobiographyThis an amazing journey narrated by an incredible man From abject poverty in Ripley England Eric Clapton ascended to the top of guitar virtuosity crashed burned won it all lost it all rose again crashed again somehow survived and then wrote this bookAnd this is a brilliantly written book Clearly it is Clapton's story told by Clapton And he tells it with great humility and graceThe story features almost every figure of the blues and rock music as well as contemporary art design cinema fashion and yes addiction therapy All the suspects are here And Clapton delivers precise insights into each and every one of them Including of course the narrator himselfEric Clapton reveals the harrowing tale of his alcoholism and the carnage it created in his life and the lives of those around him He unloads the sordid details of his personal failings and the costs incurred I don't know much about books on addiction and recovery but I'd bet this is one of the best books under that heading ever writtenAnd even when he's trying to get his act together cruel fate deals him unimaginable grief and sufferingYet Clapton perseveres and emerges the better for it He dedicates himself to noble pursuits and stakes everything he has on them And in doing so he is redeemedThis is a great book It's a compelling story told by a genuinely human narrator And it is very well written I didn't hesitate to give it five stars

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