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Eric Clapton s attempt at writing an interesting account of his life was pretty much a failure I read the book because I am a Clapton fan 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 him Editing 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 mis judges 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. 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 s Cream Derek 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 eloquent 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 quite 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. 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 AA group 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 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 consequences 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 lifestyle.I 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 hand.Maybe 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 quick 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. 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 Patty Layla 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 her.There 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 market.Many 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 well This 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 of excuse 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 book.This 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 unique period in musical history and the culture that made the music could use honest documentation like this. 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 s.Although 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 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 himself.Most 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 himself.You 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 touch.Ironically, 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 reading.For 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 album.Skip 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 Layla.But it s not fair to critique the man s life for not being sufficiently traumatizing to follow a traditional dramatic arc He s simply telling it like it is.The 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. 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 Vaughan.In 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 autobiography.This 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 book.And this is a brilliantly written book Clearly it is Clapton s story told by Clapton And he tells it with great humility and grace.The 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 himself Eric 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 written And, even when he s trying to get his act together, cruel fate deals him unimaginable grief and suffering.Yet, 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 redeemed.This 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. {Free Epub} ¾ Clapton: The Autobiography ¹ 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 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 unrequited 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 included 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 time. The Autobiography from Eric Clapton, published in 2007, is perhaps a book I would never have read were it not for the fact that my better half picked this up for me at a local car boot sale As expected E.C fills the pages with the usual sixties excess of alcohol, sex and drugs and rock n roll The family name is actually Clapp Fortunately this was changed, otherwise that 60 s graffiti would have been Clapp is God which thankfully we were spared.As Eric recounts his rise to rock music icon, from Yardbird to John Mayall s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominoes and all the way to 461 Ocean Boulevard, the dedicated fan or casual reader will struggle to gain empathy or warm to this man Clapton s autobiography grows into a full, frank and honest confessional of his struggle with life in the fast lane A serial adulterer, heavy heroin use and after almost forty years of the booze, a full blown alcoholic.Thankfully, this book really takes off when this man is on his knees After rehab, relapse and rehab, the demons and Eric s dark night of the soul are overcome Recounted with a searing psychological analysis, the mans career and life are resurrected Perhaps after reading this, that old sixties graffiti Clapton is God is still misworship However, there is no doubt, and at the time of reading this, he is still on the road with a World Tour , funding his Crossroads rehab charity, with a settled and happy family life, he has found his soul and sobriety.Well done Eric