Eric Clapton

  • by Eric Clapton
  • Narrated by Bill Nighy
  • 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Eric Clapton is far more than a rock star. Like Dylan and McCartney, he is an icon and a living legend. He has sold tens of millions of records, played sell-out concerts all over the world, and been central to every significant musical development of his era. His guitar playing has seen him hailed as "God". Tracks such as "Layla", "Sunshine of Your Love", "Wonderful Tonight", and "Tears in Heaven" have become anthems for generations of music fans. Now, for the first time, Eric tells the story of his personal and professional journeys in this pungent, witty, and painfully honest autobiography. Eric was born illegitimate in 1945 and raised by his grandparents. He never knew his father, and until the age of nine believed his absentee mother to be his sister. In his teens his solace was the guitar and he soon became a cult hero in the club circuits of Britain. With the foundation of the world's first super group, Cream, in 1966, he became a world superstar. But the rock star lifestyle has had a darker side. In more than 40 years at the forefront of his profession, Clapton has twice survived near fatal addictions to drugs and alcohol, the death of his four-year-old son, the deaths of friends such as Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon, the break-up of marriage and the disintegration of relationships with a succession of beautiful women. These are the memoirs of a survivor, someone who has reached the pinnacle of success, who has had it all, but whose demons have never left him. At the age of 62, Eric is now ready to tell his story as it is, hiding nothing, with a directness and searing honesty that will make this audiobook one of the most compelling memoirs of our time.

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What the Critics Say

"Engrossing....some overwhelmingly poignant and wrenching personal meditations make the book a success." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Both the youthful excesses and the current calm state are narrated with an engaging tone that nudges Clapton's story ahead of other rock 'n' roll memoirs." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Fascinating, Turbulent

Would you listen to Eric Clapton again? Why?

Yes, I love historical factual accounts of famous people no matter what the career, especially if it seems to be a balanced and real account, as this seems to be.


What did you like best about this story?

The journey, good and bad, it is a very interesting life, and as i listened, i was taken through a journey myself, of emotional responses to the good, bad, ugly, honest, etc.


Have you listened to any of Bill Nighy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, he is fantastic, but needs to say Steve Lukather correctly.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Behind The Face


Any additional comments?

Loved it despite being shocked at some of the content. I shouldn't be amazed at the life of a Rock Star, with all the trappings, but i was.

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- Looshbaby "pretty much like books that are biographical, real life, historical and cover motorsport."

Absolutely Brilliant!!!!

This is the greatest hands down rock bio I have ever listened too. I knew very little about the man and was blown away. Fans of his work, the man or just a great story will enjoy this. To be able to still go on after so much tragedy in his life is inspiring. PLUS Nighy's performance is wicked!

Do yourself a favour!
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- Phil

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-02-2007
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks