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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 the significant musical developments 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, he 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 book one of the most compelling memoirs of our time.
©2007 E. C. Music Limited (P)2007 Books on Tape
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Critic 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)
"Clapton is honest - sometimes, as in the account of his son's death, even searing - and often witty, with a hard-won survivor's humor." ( The New York Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jody R. Nathan on 10-19-07

Very enjoyable

I enjoyed the book. There were points in there where I felt like you do at some movies – you want to tell the person not to open the door because there is a monster or something outside. Its hard to know how “accurate” it is, but there is a clear attempt at honesty, and an attempt to make you understand what Eric was thinking (or not thinking) when he was doing things. There are some surprises – without ruining it for anyone, one of the biggest surprises to me is how much he has always been into fashion. Anyway, its all there: the Yardbirds, Cream, John Mayall, Derek and the Dominoes, his love for Patty, George Harrison’s wife; his addiction to heroin and his even more debilitating alcoholism. He talks about how some of his big hits came about; what makes a guitar “good”; getting wasted and being sober; family, friends and others. It was a good “read.” The narrator, Simon Vance, did a very nice job, as always.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Char on 01-24-10


I already read this in print a few years ago but wanted the audio version which is always special. Simon Vance did a great job as I knew he would. Like everything he has narrated.

For those of you who thought this was going to be a piece of total recognition of Erics music, you were wrong to think so. We all know his musical success and recognition. Stars or others do not write autobiographies for that sort of thing. Those that do it correctly and honestly write it for the truth of where things have gone over the years. This is very truthful. It is exceptional and Eric's struggle with drugs and alcohol are at the heart of this. We are darn glad he is still alive because things were not necessarily going to go that direction. With the help of friends and his own will, we still have him playing that incredible guitar today. A good autobiography is kind of "stripping of the soul" and not just the accolades that have been presented to a particular person in his lifetime. The best accolade I can think of is that he finally got his act together and is still with us and doing philanthropic things with "Crossroads" to help others. It doesn't get any better than that. Get into the real story here and the blessings since his recovery and don't look at just the awards...........he would be the first to tell you that the awards are not at the heart of this book.

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