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Cream: How Eric Clapton Took the World by Storm [Paperback]

Dave Thompson
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9 Nov 2006

Dave Thompson, author of Virgin's acclaimed Red Hot Chili Peppers biography, takes a new and very detailed look at the creation of one of the world's most influential bands. After all the streets of London had been covered in 'Clapton Is God' tributes, the three top rock instrumentalists of their time, all stars in their own right, came together to form Cream. Cream went on to become the first band to break open

the lucrative US market by dint of their live shows alone.

Updated to include details of their recent tour, this definitive account goes on the road with them then and now, day by relentlessly hedonistic day.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (9 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753511320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753511329
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 522,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Essential for all Cream devotees and any true rock'n'roll fan" (Total Guitar)

"Biographies of Cream have been rare and this latest is impeccably timed" (Sunday Times)

"Thompson's is an unbiased account of this exciting time, when the boundaries of music were being blown apart" (Sunday Express)

"Packed with drama and extraordinary anecdotes ... essential reading" (The Sunday Times)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Every gritty detail. 15 Jun 2009
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After reading Chris Welch's Cream book and its later update, this edition by Dave Thompson offers a far more detailed account of those heady 2-and-a-bit years when Cream ruled the world. Thompson's fact filled tome makes for far more interesting reading, and gets into the almost 'soap opera'-like detail of what was going on within the band during their meteoric rise in the rock world, and the pain which split them up at the height of their success. A veteran of the original 1968 final show, this book is just what I needed, and answered many of the questions which were still nagging some 40 years later. Top Notch!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid biography - but godawful subtitle! 24 Mar 2014
Dave Thompson’s book is a good, solid biography of a band that somehow never quite fulfilled its potential. It’s a complex tale, and to some extent the author doesn’t quite nail it, despite at times brilliantly evoking the times during which the band found themselves.

The subtitle is a particular bone of contention to me. For one thing, the author doesn’t tell how ‘Clapton took the World by Storm’ and for good reason – he didn’t. Cream were big in the UK and US, but made little impact beyond, at least during the band’s lifetime. If Clapton did anything in the five years after after Cream, it was to sink into near-mediocrity and drug addiction – hardly taking the world by storm! Cream was a meeting of equals, no-one was more important than the others, so to somehow imply it was a vehicle for Clapton is extremely misleading. Doubtless this lousy subtitle was the work of the publishers. The author is blameless, as his book is faithful to the facts. I particularly liked the appendix giving potted biographies of 'what they did next', not only Bruce, Baker and Clapton, but also the people vital to the Cream story, including Pete Brown, Graham Bond, John Mayall, Felix Pappalardi et al.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FAN- tastic 25 July 2012
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as an avid fan of Eric Clapton as a whole, this was just a great addition to my collection and I found it a good read and very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present 1 Aug 2013
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I cannot really comment, as it was a present for my brother, but he was really pleased with it, and said it made a good read.
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