The Life and Music of Eric Clapton
Back Bay Books, 9780316560467, 448pp.
Publication Date: November 19, 2019
Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (10/29/2018)
Hardcover, Large Print (11/27/2018)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (12/1/2018)
Compact Disc (10/30/2018)
For half a century Eric Clapton has been acknowledged to be one of music's greatest virtuosos, the unrivalled master of an indispensable tool, the solid-body electric guitar. His career has spanned the history of rock, and often shaped it via the seminal bands with whom he's played: the Yardbirds, John Mavall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominoes. Winner of 17 Grammys, the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame's only three-time inductee, he is an enduring influence on every other star soloist who ever wielded a pick.
Now, with Clapton's consent and access to family members and close friends, rock music's foremost biographer returns to the heroic age of British rock and follows Clapton through his distinctive and scandalous childhood, early life of reckless rock 'n' roll excess, and twisting & turning struggle with addiction in the 60s and 70s. Readers will learn about his relationship with Pattie Boyd--wife of Clapton's own best friend George Harrison--the tragic death of his son, which inspired one of his most famous songs, "Tears in Heaven," and even the backstories of his most famed, and named, guitars.
About the Author
Praise For Slowhand: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton…
Clapton's life and music from the Yardbirds and Cream through his solo career."—No Depression
"The renowned guitar superhero emerges as 'supersurvivor' in this authoritative biography...Extremely knowledgeable about the rock music scene, Norman tells Clapton's story with verve and insight."—Kirkus
"Among music book scribes, Philip Norman stands near the top in terms of influence and skill. Now, he turns his attention to classic rock's most revered guitarist and often reluctant front man, Eric Clapton. Norman's stab... will likely go down as the definitive work of the man ... a comprehensive and deep dive into a singular pool of talent."—Houston Press
"Comprehensive and illuminating."—The Washington Post
"An intimate tour of his personal white room with black curtains."—The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette