Eric Clapton: The Autobiography Hardcover – 9 Oct 2007
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It is a pity more autobiograophers don't have Clapton's grounding in the blues. -- Sunday Times
An inspiring story of struggle, setback and redemption, The early chapters bring vividly alive the mood and music of the times, and the young Clapton cuts a deceptively sympathetic figure: an idealist, dedicated to maintaining the 'purity' of his music; modest about his talents, candid about his professional jealousies, his shyness, his sexual insecurities. -- Telegraph
Clapton relates what happened with painful honesty. In other rock stars, such plump contentment might seem hypocritical, even vulgar. But with Eric Clapton, you feel that a little comfort is the least he deserves. -- Mail on Sunday
Clapton reveals all in this unflinching confessional.
Clapton's book is a candid, almost confessional look back on a starry life. This is a compelling, down-to-earth document of the man behind the guitar-hero mask. -- Q
Eric Clapton has produced a gem of a rock memoir, in which he lays bare the painful roots of his music. Clapton speaks honestly and touchingly not only about the external course of his life but of what music has meant to him. That makes it much the best of this season's rock memoirs. Clapton delivers himself profoundly. It's extremely moving. -- Evening Standard
Eric Clapton: The Autobiography is nail-biting, white-knuckle stuff -- Tatler
His story is certainly deserving of telling. What sets this book apart is Clapton's sheer stature. His tale is frank, witty and engaging. Worth a read. -- News of the World
It's a raw and remarkable piece of self-exposure -- Daily Telegraph
This is an essential read -- Observer
The legendary musician who defined rock in the 1960s and continues to astonish and delight a wide spectrum of music lovers tells, for the first time, the story of his personal and professional journeys in this pungent, witty, and painfully honest autobiography.See all Product Description
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The characterisation of people in his life was very thin - he rarely describes in any detail the personalities of the people who have been or are important to him, says very little about his guitar playing genius - a huge omission in my view - how can someone be so brilliant at something and not discuss how he developed that talent to all us musically talentless people who have worshipped his playing for years?
On the man, all the drug and alcohol stuff - which granted is very frank - is reasonably interesting although hardly what distinguishes him from everyone else but reveals a seemingly rather weak and generally bemused personality who is incapable of confronting anything. Sadly, also, he never acknowledges his huge army of fans whose lives he has musically enriched so much and who have been so supportive for so many years. Niether does he ever discuss the huge wealth that his success has generated. This lot tends to leave the impression of a man who really has never lived in or experienced the real world. Perhaps he really is the reluctant flawed genius but you cannot have it all ways.
I will continue to enjoy his brilliance every day and despite the disappointment of this book, he would still be my top dinner companion - there is so much more he could have given us in this book.
If you're a guitarist (as I am) you won't learn a great deal about his music and technique (there are plenty of other books that cover that ground). What you get is about the man rather than the music and though that is a whole different journey, it is still a very worthwhile and rewarding read.
Don't get me wrong, I did find the read enjoyable but I expected more.
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A frank and open account of a life less ordinary. I found Mr Clapton's narrative beguiling in its honesty and a compulsive read to boot. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Wing Commander Crafty
To write a good autobiography you have to be brutally honest and Clapton achieves this. It almost comes across as a final piece of exorcism re his well documented and conquered... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Zimmerman62
I was never a major Clapton head. Obviously I knew the biggies like Layla, I shot the Sherrif, Lay down Sally and Cocaine but not his other work. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Weshty
Thought it was quite sad. Read it after reading Pattie Boyd's book and that was sad too. I felt my own life story, adopted, dad died when I was 11 and mum and step dad same month... Read morePublished 3 months ago by monstercat
Have lots of classy Clapton cds....am now in a dilemma as to whether I will ever play them again, his book a great reason why you should never meet your heroes (or read their... Read morePublished 5 months ago by stockpie