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Clapton by Eric Clapton
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Apr 24, 11

Read from April 18 to 24, 2011

Eric Clapton is one of the great musicians of my time, and I was interested to read his story. His career and life, however, have had so many phases, so many ups and downs, that getting it all into 300 pages or so makes the book feel a little rushed and perfunctory.

Long story short, Clapton has always been more interested in the music than in stardom, but stardom came rapidly, and he was unable to resist its trappings: the drugs, the alcohol, the women. Clapton is a classic case of what therapists would call a lack of boundaries. He could never say no, to himself, or to others. The arc of the book is a familiar one--beginnings, stardom, decline (or several declines), recovery, happiness--that could apply to several other people who were lucky enough to hit bottom and live through it.

It's a wonder any music ever got made, but thank goodness it did.

I give the book four stars because Clapton is a much better writer than I would have expected him to be, and because of his unflinching candor about himself behaving foolishly, uncourageously, helplessly.

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