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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 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

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Clapton The AutobiographyWalls 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. Because of Clapton's connection to the Beatles via his close friend George Harrison I was intrigued to read his autobiography As we all know he wooed Pattie Boyd Harrison away from George and later married her I read Pattie Harrison's autobiography Wonderful Tonight which came out at almost the same time as Eric'sAlthough I am not a fan of Clapton's music I found his life story very interesting and even inspiring His writing style was wonderful as it was as though he was truly speaking to the reader He penned this himself and it shows He was honest throughout with his addictions failed relationships and the tragedy of losing his son Conor This is a book with a happy ending and that's where the inspiring part comes in I came away from this book with hefty respect for this man He triumphed over drug and alcohol addictions and began really living life as a result Today his is happily married with four children and loving the normal life Well done

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READ Clapton The Autobiography ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB í 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 storIncluded “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. Besides music Eric Clapton can write prose I wondered who the ghostwriter was but towards the end he said he carried the drafts with him on tour Not only is the book coherent in a way many autobiographies are not it appears to be an honest presentation of his life as he lived it Most autobiographers tell little jokes on themselves but very few of will tell of their deepest disappointments in themselves Clapton tells how tried to be sober to visit his son but thought of drinking the whole time with him yes the son who fell to his death at age 4 He tells how he longed for PattyLayla while in other relationships including with her sister and how in pursuit of her he got taken in very strangely so by a self described seer a continent away He tells how his perceived somewhat real but not complete rejection by his mother shaped his sexuality for years and specifically how some women rejected him Most brutally he tells the story of Alice who was 16 when he became involved with herThere is insight into the music the bands he joined and left his respect for musicianship and craftsmanship You learn the full story of Layla and that “Wonderful Tonight” was written in anger fooled me He has disdain for the music business and the music he feels is written for the marketMany biographers and autobiographers drop the parent relationship after the first chapter and might give a death a page or two Clapton describes the adult relationships again in brutal honesty he has with his mother grandparents step siblings and uncle As an aside Bobby Darin had a similar childhood but his mother’s ruse lasted into adulthood; Clapton was luckier in that the secrets weren’t kept very wellThis book has not been well received by reviewers Maybe the honesty is too raw the treatment of women too objectified but he wasn’t alone George Harrison was all too ready to swap his wife for a romp with her sister and Mick Jagger would easily hustle the women Clapton brought in his orbit and the tone too interior Maybe the ending about family life and the drudge parts of touring is dull compared with the rambling early life Maybe it is his weak defense ofexcuse for I'm not political racist comments with no awareness of whose music made him wealthy Maybe they think he should not have so many houses cars or finance a boat with just one tour Maybe they think he should express grief for the people he hurt Maybe they are evaluating the disturbing elements of his life and not the bookThis book can be valuable to anyone with an addiction in any phase of recovery and the people who care about them It is also a primary source on the birth of the music industry I think it is a 4 star but I am giving it a 5 because its honesty It might be able to help others accept their addictions and help reconcile what they did to conserve or deny the addiction This uniue period in musical history and the culture that made the music could use honest documentation like this