• Eric Clapton

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Eric Clapton
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 10-02-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4.4 (17 ratings)

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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.
©2007 Eric Clapton; (P)2007 Random House
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Critic Reviews

"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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By Anonymous User on 12-22-17

compelling

I loved Bill s narration
very interesting life storey told in a very honest And understated way

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By Looshbaby on 07-18-13

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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By shuggs on 02-27-14

GOOD BOOK

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Enjoyed this.My only slight criticism is the sudden jump from getting his first guitar to almost skipping straight to joining the yardbirds.As a guitarist myself i would have loved to hear much more of his private practice and teaching himself to play and the hundreds and then thousands of hours sat alone learning to play the very basics up to honing your craft and finding an individual style.It does not really hit upon how much time you have to put aside just to become an ordinary guitarist never mind a great world famous one.I have recommended this to a couple of people who want to learn guitar,and was hoping it would tell them just how long it takes to learn this complex instrument as they are under the impression that you can play stunning guitar riffs like your heroes after a month or two when we all know that even the best out there have spent years learning.

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By CAE on 11-04-17

Life Changing.

An incredible insight into one of the greatest musicians of our time. A warming, yet raw account of his life. The good, the bad and the challenges, which in my opinion makes him an incredible role model and accessible human. Spiritual.

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By Alex on 10-04-17

Just go on Wikipedia

This is incredibly brief and barely goes into any detail around his life or his work.

It's almost as if it's a readying of his Wikipedia page

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By Craig Leak on 07-26-15

Learned a lot about Clapton.

Really enjoyed the book. Certainly lived a rock n roll life style! I am a bit of a cream fan but didn't realise how much other stuff Clapton had done. Enjoyed discovering music like Delaney and Bonnie. Also interesting to hear about things like George Harrison writing Here comes the Sun on Eric's Lawn. Bill Nighy was great to listen too.

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