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 Eric Clapton; (P)2007 Random House
"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)
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.
I didn't know anything about Eric Clapton before listening to his audible biography but I am over the moon I did! It is only 5 and a half hours long but the things he has achieved and his humble beginnings make for a great listen!
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.
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.
No, he is fantastic, but needs to say Steve Lukather correctly.
Behind The Face
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.
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!
Yes of course, being a huge Clapton fan myself. Found this book to be a wonderful insight into the mind of the master. I have listened to it 3 times now and am still loving it.
I wish i had, one of the best readings i have ever heard.
yes but unfortunately i hardly have 5 hours completely spare haha.
that a man can be so talented and his own worst enemy at the same time, the world could have been so deprived. Eric Clapton balances the telling of his personal struggles with his exciting musical life very well, but I suspect his miraculous rehabilitation was the real story he wished to share.
"Eric was brutally honest."
Yes, I will get more out of the each time I listen to it. He had too much going on to get it all in one read.
Eric, but the whole story is amazing.
I think as I remember it Bill was one the people that snappen Eric out of his death spiral. He was one the good influence at a time , when there were so bad around him.
The chapter where Eric lost his son when he fell to his death.
I loved the Eric Clapton story & I will listen to again in the next 6 months to see what else I can find out about the man. It has been a fasinating life, I am glad they put into a audio book.
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.
"A stimulating autobiography"
I really enjoyed this book, one i will probably listen to over and over again. I feel its well written and well narrated, full of emotion, fact and information. And above all an insperation for any avid guitar performer, to ride the bad times and enjoy the good times whatever life cares to deliver.
I personally suggest to have a pen and note pad at hand to write down the amazing artists and albums that Eric played amongst and the music titles he/they created.
Well done Eric and truely amaxing and stimulating read. Thank you.
"A very honest memiore from a talented musician"
An very enthralling look at his life which, If like me, you remember some of the events when they happened will bring back memories of your own life.
This is a very good read and even better audio book you can just relate to the thoughts and dealings of the author
A wonderful insight into the life of one of blues rock's many greats and a personal hero of mine. Rock on Mr Clapton!
I'm only mildly interested in Eric Clapton but found this book worth a listen and would recommend
"Great but not long enough"
So interesting - I feel my generation didn't really get to know Eric Clapton and all the types of music and people he was involved with. Written with honesty and read really well. Pity it was shortened.
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