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Clapton: The Autobiography
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ERIC CLAPTON is married to Melia McEnery and is the father of four daughters. He lives outside London.

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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) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Guitar wizard Clapton bares his soul in a starkly honest first attempt at autobiography. Beginning with his childhood in rural Ripley, England, he describes growing up with his grandparents who led him to believe they were his parents, his mother's reappearance with a husband and two children, and her subsequent disappearance. Clapton relates his discovery of sexuality after reading a handmade pornographic comic book on the school-yard playground, which led to a thrashing from the headmaster and years of sexual dysfunction. He chronicles his liberation from confusion and loneliness through music, especially a purist version of the American blues, which resulted in stints with the Yardbirds and John Mayall. Retracing his ascent to stardom with Cream, Blind Faith, and then his solo career, Clapton also recounts his struggles with addiction, first with heroin and then his major 15-year battle with alcohol. He writes of the loss of his son and his destructive relationships with women, ending the book with his new life of sobriety with his wife, Melia, and his daughters. This bold, intimate, and revealing look at an icon of rock 'n' roll will satisfy all readers, especially his myriad fans. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/07.]-Dave Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Like the bluesmen who inspired him, Clapton has his share of scars... his compelling memoir is... a soulful performance."
--People

"An absorbing tale of artistry, decadence, and redemption."
--Los Angeles Times "One of the very best rock autobiographies ever."
--Houston Chronicle "A glorious rock history."
--New York Post "This book does what many rock historians couldn't: It debunks the legend... puts a lie to the glamour of what it means to be a rock star."
--Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune

"Strong stuff. Clapton reveals its author's journey to self-acceptance and manhood. Anyone who cares about the man and his music will want to take the trip with him."
--Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone "Clapton is honest... even searing and often witty, with a hard-won survivor's humor... an honorable badge of a book."
--Stephen King, New York Times Book Review "Riveting"
--Boston Herald

"An even, unblinking sensibility defines the author's voice."
--New York Times

"An unsparing self-portrait."
--USA Today

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