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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 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 1945 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. 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

Characters Clapton The Autobiography

Clapton The AutobiographyIncluded “Wonderful Tonight” the touching love song to Pattie whom he finally married at the end of 1979 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 ti. 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

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Characters ¿ Clapton The Autobiography 100 Ø 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 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 461 Ocean Boulevard with its massive hit “I Shot the Sheriff” He followed that with the platinum album Slowhand which. 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