Clapton: The Autobiography
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 i...more
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 thoroughly enjoyed it, and because my mom got it for me so I felt obligated to do so. From beginning to end, I foun...more
Most revealing are the details of his youth growing up. Everyone knows about the...more
After his son's death I saw Eric Clapton play a smallish club in San Juan Capistrano, THE COACH HOUSE. He appeared and played with B.B. King.
The book was mostly about things I already knew. Not meant to be a literary triumph, I suspect it had something to do with achieving his sobriety, trying to make sense of it for himself---then of course there is always the endless money.
My brother did not think Eric Clapton was Guitar God , but after a few de...more
I thought Clapton demonstrated great insight into his addiction and recovery process. He was forthright in exposing his weaknesses and limitations. I think his ability to surrender and humble himsel...more
As objectively as possible, the God of the Blues attacks a very biased topic, his own life and writes about it with the humility and humor of a man who viscerally experiences life. He is incredibly open and candid ab...more
As he winds down his story I'm left,...more
In this book, Eric Clapton has plenty to say about all three. But he's got even more to say about a lot of other people, events, places and things. And in doing s...more
Never knew much about his career - WOW!!!!!1, knew the music, just that I did not know it was him. Nor did i know he was such a rock n roller (in lifestyle) Cream being one of my favorites from the time I was in jr high, along with beatles (george being my favorite), dillion (who my mother band me from listening to). So in reading his book you learn alot about music history. His history is so vast - he must...more
My 17 year-old self would have been perfectly happy if Eric Clapton had written a detailed account of each album: "Well, on `Crossroads,' I was planning to use my Gibson Les Paul, but somebody stole it, so I used an ES-33...more
Probably right up until the middle of the book.
Eric knew and met an amazing amount of famous people, which was interesting.
However, I found the volume of people mentioned just blurred into each other, and I had to go back and re read paragraphs to see who that was again.
Then more unknown people would pop up later on in the book that weren't mentioned earlier.
Some of the things he did with women really annoyed me, and I didn't like reading a...more
Eric Clapton's autobiography, describes his battles with addiction
The book begins with his childhood in the Surrey, England, village of Ripley and ends with the completion of the 2006/7 world tour. In between is a harrowing account of his problems with drugs and alcohol. Once he came through rehab for the second time however he established his own treatment centre in the Caribbean and became an ambassador for the 12 step programme....more
“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 sel
I took into this book because I dont know much about Clapton. I read Hammer of the Gods and some other music book recently and Clapton kept popping in. So I thought to myself, "Why not learn more about him." I have always categorized Clapton as a little bit boring. I think his music has no dynamic and is rather boring. But to be fair, my first exposure to really who Clapton was was during the MTV Unplugged years.
With the exception of everyone in Van Halen, everyone in Stone Temple Pilots, a...more
I suppose it's disappointing to find that Clapton is just an average guy who couldn't handle his success, his life, his relationships a...more
It is shameful to have a stereotype of mu...more
I do like and respect Clapton as a musician, though I am clearly incredibly ignorant. He's pretty willing to address his mistakes, and while his sobriety gets a little irritating and preachi...more
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