"Clapton is God" - Hear it here, then go read about itThere is, in today’s New York Times, an excellent article about the upcoming Eric Clapton autobiography, “Clapton: The Autobiography.” The book should be in stores this week.
The Times article sort of takes the approach that the public’s primary interest in the book will be Clapton’s version of his relationship with Pattie Boyd Harrison. Despite the newspaper’s emphasis on this one aspect, the article makes it clear that this is but one small piece of the notoriously private Clapton’s life. Even Clapton himself now downplays the relationship: “At the time it was kind of like swinging, very loose and amoral,” the Times quotes him as saying. “I think we didn’t give it too much thought. It was really only later that we realized that we treated each other quite badly.”
Beyond Pattie Boyd, though, “Clapton: The Autobiography” covers the scope of EC’s career and life, from being raised by his grandparents, through his battles with addiction, and the 1991 death of his son.
It’s the discussion of Conor’s death that led the Times to praise Clapton’s “distinctly measured tone, which never becomes hysterical or sentimental, even when writing about painful, dramatic or unflattering situations.”
Clapton said his editors called him to ask why he had taken such a detached tone when writing about Conor’s death. “I had to explain that it was impossible to re-enter that period of time,” he said. “It’s so traumatic that I can only really talk about it from a distance, as if it were someone else.
“Someone recently read the book and told me I was really hard on myself.” Clapton said. “I think that’s a misunderstanding of it. I just tried to take responsibility for all the different phases of my life.”
I enjoy reading well-written biographies and autobiographies and I expect this book will not disappoint me. Clapton’s status as a rock icon / living legend practically ensures an interesting read.
“Clapton: The Autobiography” is due out Oct. 9, by Broadway Books.
After reading about the upcoming Clapton book, I dug around a bit and found this recording of a Mar. 24, 1978, show at the Memorial Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. If I date-checked correctly, this would have been during the Slowhand tour.
Worried Life Blues.mp3
Peaches and Diesel.mp3
Lay Down Sally.mp3
Nobody Knows You.mp3
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.mp3
Key to the Highway.mp3
Bottle of Red Wine.mp3