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CHARACTERS Æ Clapton The Autobiography Ö I found a pattern in my behavior that had been repeating itself for years decades even Bad choices were my specialty and if something honest and decent came along I would shun it or run the other way”With striking intimacy and candor Eric Clapton tells the story of his eventful and inspiring life in Walls of London’s Underground With the formation of Cream the world's first supergroup he became a worldwide superstar but conflicting personalities tore the band apart within two years His stints in Blind Faith in Delaney and Bonnie and Friends and in Derek and the Dominos were also short lived but yielded some of the most enduring songs in history including the classic “Layla” During the late sixties he played as a guest with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan as well as the Beatles the Rolling Stones and longtime friend George Harrison It was while working with the latter that he fell for George’s wife Pattie Boyd a seemingly unreuited love that led him to the depths of despair self imposed seclusion and drug addiction By the early seventies he had overcome his addiction and released the bestselling album 461 Ocean Boulevard with its massive hit “I Shot the Sheriff” He followed that with the platinum album Slowhand which. It wasn't until I started the autobiography that I considered why it appealed to me in the first place I'm a rather indifferent fan of Clapton'sCreamDerek the Dominos etc Unplugged is the only album of his that I own It was of a curiosity about that era the hardcore sex drugs rock roll of the 70s and to read about the experiences of someone who barely made it out alive that compelled me to read As a child in the 70s I was watching Mr Rogers when EC was writing Layla and wreaking havoc on his physical and mental health with heroin But having older brothers meant that rock and roll played a major role in my life I could sing along to Blue Oyster Cult Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd by the tender age of 8 Almost Famous is one of my favorite movies Clapton wrote this memoir at the age of 62 looking back with humility and not a small degree on wonder on a life that brought him fame piles of cash lasting friendships and a profound love of the blues and dedication to that musical genre It also nearly killed him as he battled addictions to heroin alcohol and doomed relationships He's not the most elouent writer and I felt the most at loose ends when reading about his early days as a musician He also seemed to keep an emotional distance from most of his personal relationships particularly those in the 70s It was like a reporting of facts than an analysis of his actions and feelings To be fair he likely has a hard time recalling most of those years; but for his keeping a journal most of the 70s and early 80s would be lost in a haze of highs and hangovers But when addressing his addictions particularly alcohol and the process of recovery his writing becomes uite articulate and almost tender His hardly knew his son Conor who died in a horrible accident in the early 90s and the depression recovery that followed Conor's death seems to be the catalyst that created the far humble and positive person he has become It's amazing that anyone could survive what he and so many others did to their bodies their psyches clearly Hendrix Morrison Joplin and many others did not Makes me grateful for my dull life But there's no denying that we lived vicariously through these musicians the romance of that lifestyle ended with the hyper commercialism of the modern music industry

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Included “Wonderful Tonight” the touching love song to Pattie whom he finally married at the end of 1979 A short time later however Eric had replaced heroin with alcohol as his preferred vice following a pattern of behavior that not only was detrimental to his music but contributed to the eventual breakup of his marriage In the eighties he would battle and begin his recovery from alcoholism and become a father But just as his life was coming together he was struck by a terrible blow His beloved four year old son Conor died in a freak accident At an earlier time Eric might have coped with this tragedy by fleeing into a world of addiction But now a much stronger man he took refuge in music responding with the achingly beautiful “Tears in Heaven” Clapton is the powerfully written story of a survivor a man who has achieved the pinnacle of success despite extraordinary demons It is one of the most compelling memoirs of our ti. Wow I'm not familiar with Clapton or his music This book made him seem like a very selfish inconsiderate individual But it wasn't too boring His struggles with heroin and alcohol were the most interesting I don't really believed he lovedloves any womanonly himself It's surprising that he comes off as so badly in his own wordsI don't think he even realizes how unsympathetic a character he makes himself

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Clapton The AutobiographyI found a pattern in my behavior that had been repeating itself for years decades even Bad choices were my specialty and if something honest and decent came along I would shun it or run the other way”With striking intimacy and candor Eric Clapton tells the story of his eventful and inspiring life in this poignant and honest autobiography More than a rock star he is an icon a living embodiment of the history of rock music Well known for his reserve in a profession marked by self promotion flamboyance and spin he now chronicles for the first time his remarkable personal and professional journeys Born illegitimate in 1945 and raised by his grandparents Eric never knew his father and until the age of nine believed his actual mother to be his sister In his early teens his solace was the guitar and his incredible talent would make him a cult hero in the clubs of Britain and inspire devoted fans to scrawl “Clapton is God” on the. It seems as if Eric Clapton wrote this tell all autobiography in an attempt to debunk the oft heard graffiti fied slogan “Clapton is God” If so mission accomplished I’ve loved his music since I can remember but I never really considered what he was like as a person Turns out that he's an average joe who can sometimes be a bit of a dicklike most average joes He’s got his reasons illegitimacy abandonment and a bevy of the usual childhood dramas Clapton lays them out fairly generously and you have to give him credit for owning up to his less than stellar side Clapton will always hold a place in my heart for the work he did in the '60s with such legendary bands as the Yardbirds Cream Blind Faith Derek and the Dominos John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers and this is why I really read this bookI would've been oh so happy to read an entire book dedicated to his work during those years but this is not it And that's understandable This is after all an autobiography about his entire life thus far and it's always best if those don't bog down in any one era of a person's life But considering the work he did in the '60s and how huge a rockstar Clapton is now can you even imagine the level he’d be on if he didn’t waste the greater part of the 70s and 80s drinking and doing drugs I mean this guy had serious addiction problems and once the book moves on to discuss that portion of his life it turns almost entirely into a broken record revolving around and around detailing year after year how fucked up he was on coke and heroine Then once he finally kicked drugs it became all about the booze How he managed to live through the '70s and '80s never mind actually put out albums and perform is beyond me By all rights the man should be dead after all the shit he’s ingested I was fairly sure going in that I wasn’t going to enjoy the book after he was done discussing his career in the '60s but I read on and I don’t regret it It’s a decently written book laid out with a linear timeline so it’s generally easy to follow Clapton knows uite a few famous and influential people who get mentioned herein He also seems to name just about every person whomever ever came into his life Hell his local pub landlord even gets a mention It's nice that he shows his appreciation however it does bog down the story a little at timesClapton bravely tackles an embarrassing aspect of his life his unfortunate racist comments which he might have glossed over and I'd be none the wiser He also touches upon the death of his child which I do remember uite vividly and his efforts to sober up so for those who need to see a dose of humble repentance and redemption you get a measure of it here All in all this is a decent book for those looking to learn about its author beyond just the music