Clapton: The Autobiography

Eric Clapton, Author . Broadway $26 (343p) ISBN 978-0-385-51851-2

Readers hoping for sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll won't be disappointed by the legendary guitarist's autobiography. As he retraces every step of his career, from the early stints with the Yardbirds and Cream to his solo successes, Clapton also devotes copious detail to his drug and alcohol addictions, particularly how they intersected with his romantic obsession with Pattie Boyd. His relationship with the woman for whom he wrote “Layla” culminated in a turbulent marriage he describes as “drunken forays into the unknown.” But he genuinely warms to the subject of his recovery, stressing its spiritual elements and eagerly discussing the fund-raising efforts for his Crossroads clinic in Antigua. His self-reckoning is filled with modesty, especially in the form of dissatisfaction with his early successes. He professes ambivalence about the famous “Clapton is God” graffiti, although he admits he was grateful for the recognition from fans. At times, he sounds more like landed gentry than a rock star: bragging about his collection of contemporary art, vigorously defending his hunting and fishing as leisure activities, and extolling the virtues of his quiet country living. But 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. (Oct. 9)

Reviewed on: 08/20/2007
Release date: 10/01/2007
Genre: Nonfiction
Compact Disc - 978-1-4159-4344-1
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Hardcover - 343 pages - 978-0-385-51851-2
Compact Disc - 5 pages - 978-0-7393-3433-1
Paperback - 345 pages - 978-0-7679-2536-5
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