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Cream: How Eric Clapton Took the World by Storm

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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 o ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 9th 2006 by Virgin Books (first published 2005)
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Jan 09, 2008 Andy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: English rock fans
Shelves: rock-sleaze
Great sprawling bio on the greatest psych blues band of all time. Tons of background on the London blues scene that preceded Cream as well with Alexis Korner and John Mayall.

Thompson goes into great detail on his subject. Highlights include:

1) drummer Ginger Baker almost being replaced by the Who's Keith Moon,

2) Atlantic records president Ahmet Ertegun bristling over bassist Jack Bruce doing all the singing rather than Eric Clapton ("I paid for a white Jimi Hendrix Experience and I'll GET a whit
East Bay J
Jan 10, 2008 East Bay J rated it liked it
Shelves: music-bios
The fact that this book is called Cream: How Eric Clapton Took The World By Storm should have clued me in that there would be a lot of lip service and praise for Eric Clapton and his guitar playing. There was. It got old. Clapton's great but not everyone thinks he is or was god.

The fantastic part of this book is the detailed analysis of the early days of the British blues rock scene. The info on The Yardbirds, Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Graham Bond Organization, etc. and the scene in general is
A detailed look into the music scene and band members leading up to and during the existence of the group. It contains sections of photos. The end of the book covers what became of the several people mentioned in the book. I thought the same information could be presented in a shorter format as the story was slow moving.
Alex Davies
I was a bit disappointed with this biography about the group Cream. I found the early sections to be fairly engaging, with interesting information with regards to the Graham Bond Organisation, early R & B music in England and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
However, to my slight frustration, Dave Thompson seemed to take his time when detailing how cream got together. By this point in the book, nearly 90 pages had gone by and to me, that is far too long to begin focusing on the book's main objec
Sep 04, 2010 Kitt-e-kat rated it it was ok
This book took me a while to read. There was only a few parts of the book that was interesting for me. I got quite bored that I skipped a few paragraphs to get to more interesting parts. What I liked best about the book was the end because it told what happened to the guys in the band and all the people involved with the band during this time on what happened after Cream split up & up to the time this book was written.
David John Gray
Aug 28, 2016 David John Gray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I supported them when they first played and they were and still are just listen to their records and just shut your eyes.
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English author Dave Thompson has spent his entire working life writing biographies of other people, but is notoriously reluctant to write one for himself. Unlike the subjects of some of his best known books, he was neither raised by ferrets nor stolen from gypsies. He has never appeared on reality TV (although he did reach the semi finals of a UK pop quiz when he was sixteen), plays no musical ins ...more
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