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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 02:33 PM
Has anyone read this? It's being offered unabridged from my audio book club, I was thinking of giving it a listen.
 
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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 02:38 PM
Just bought it a couple of weeks ago but have been so busy (since birth, it seems ) that I haven't had a chance to crack it open yet. Now that the weather's getting a little colder I'm hoping to be able to get more reading done.

 

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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 02:38 PM
I'm 3/4 of the way through the book. I'm really enjoying it. Clapton admits he's been a bastard on more than one occasion. I wont spoil it for you but he says good things about Duane and Derek!!

 

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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 02:42 PM
Got mine from HTN at the JFD....just getting in to it. Lots of history. Clapton comes across as someone worth knowing.
 
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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 03:07 PM
Just finished reading this a few days ago. Great book. A lot of history in just 328 pages or so, but a terrific read! The man has been to hell and back. The irony is how the most tragic and devastating loss of all (his son's death) is the one experience that has kept him sober now for nearly 20 years.
 

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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 03:13 PM
Best book I've read in years. I bought it the day it came out and have read it twice, and I don't have much spare time or read often so that's saying a lot for me.
 

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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 03:20 PM
I finished it. It's a really interesting book about Clapton's life but it is light on the creation of his music so if that's what you are looking for you might be disappointed. I liked it a lot.

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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 03:37 PM
I just ordered this online from Barnes and Noble on Saturday and can't wait for it to arrive to get started on it. Glad to hear some good reviews!

 

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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 03:42 PM
about 100 pages in, up to Blind Faith, interesting and quick read, interesting how bummed out he was that as good as Creme was, Hendrix was the star at the time and he believed he got little or no recognition. Somehow, i never felt that way or remembered things like that. He gives great praise to The Band!!!
 

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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 04:33 PM
Thanks - I'm going to download it tonight.
 

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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 05:54 PM
It was a great read! [so far] he must have kept detailed logs of all this stuff , names, places, events and such. and im glad that he did!. it seems he poured his heart into this. I sure didnt hear him ripping off zeppelins [stairway to heaven] in his song [let it grow] as he says!.
 

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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 07:40 PM
Definitely worth buying IMO.

I read the EC bio a few weeks ago and finished Patti Boyds book today.

Both were easy reads filled with lots of little interesting nuggets and I had a hard time putting either book down.

EC is my favorite artist so in a way his bio way great (and revealing) but at the same time it was kind of disturbing.

I realize that our celebrities are not perfect, and may not at all fit our image of them, but EC did not come across well IMO, in terms of fidelity, sensitivity, and human interaction.

And I feel kind of stumped.

Because IMO he made such great, beautiful, heartfelt, and moving music, yet he writes about so much of it as though it was crap that came out while he was drunk or high. And its hard to understand how all those shows in the 80s, that seemed almost too slick, could have been done by someone as drunk as he apparently was.

At the same time, I related to a lot of his story (except the infidelity) and it touched me in many ways.

Also, since it covers so much of a very full life, it kinds of skims the surface on many different eras. This makes it an easy read but also left me wanting more in certain areas.

Patti Bs book was very similar, but in some ways more interesting because it provided glimpses and perspective on Beatlemania and the 60s that I did not have.

Patti B paints George and EC in a negative light in so many ways, but it has sort of a happy ending.



 

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  posted on 11/12/2007 at 09:53 PM
about half way through and really enjoying it.
 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 02:35 PM
I stayed awake reading till 1:30 a.m. last night to finish the Clapton autobiography. I would definitely recommend it to anyone (would be a good Christmas gift too!). As with most biographies (including Randy Poe's "Skydog"), it has just made me want to know even MORE about the person----almost to the point of obsession, my family would probably say! Actually, they'd say DEFINITELY to the point of obsession. Ah well.

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 03:22 PM
We've got both books on sale for $5 off at HTN. Here are the links:

http://www.hittinthenote.com/cart/pc-744-35-clapton-the-autobiography.aspx



http://www.hittinthenote.com/cart/pc-745-35-wonderful-tonightbrgeorge-harri son-eric-claptonbr-and-me-pattie-boyd.aspx



We've got Derek talking about Clapton and this book in our year end issue of Hittin' the Note magazine - which is at the printers now!

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 05:45 PM
I finished reading it about a month ago.IMO,it will be worth every penny you spend on it.....really enjoyed it.I saw it at hasting's yesterday for 20% off.....

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 07:46 PM
Did Derek Trucks get mentioned on every page? It seems that if Derek isn't allowed to solo or share the spotlight with Clapton (or any other guitarist on any given stage) at every turn then a terrible injustice has occured. Just wondering...
 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 08:49 PM
Ummm....out of Clapton's 328 page book, Derek Trucks is mentioned on 6 pages and Duane Allman on 2 pages. Considering the amount of living that Clapton has packed into 62 years, that's probably a pretty fair amount of coverage for them. AND he spoke very highly of both of them!

 

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  posted on 11/25/2007 at 10:46 PM
I am at the section where hes talking about making slowhand very interesting read so far will probuly read it a couple of more times
 

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  posted on 11/26/2007 at 11:13 AM
yeah, nice of him to Give DA credit for making the Layla finally come together once he became involved. He also said DA was a family man that unfortunately for EC already had a family. He claims DA Pretty much did- in the dominos once he was no longer involved.

 

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  posted on 11/26/2007 at 11:22 AM
Well I found it rather dull. It seemed like he was doing his 12 step of sobriety, putting it out there for the world to read. Thats cool unless your much more interested in the music aspect of his life.

Glad EC is clean, sober, and happy.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 09:19 AM
I'm about 1/2 way through. Some of the revelations are simply shocking. It's a great read and well written. I'm leary of reading autobiographies of the non-literary. Often the writing is very poor. I attempted to read Larry Bird's autobiography, only made it about 10 pages. I like the guy, but it seemed like it was written by a 2nd grader.

Clapton's creative proccesses are very interesting.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2017 at 09:19 PM
Finally read this and had a hard time finishing it. Found it very interesting up to the time he got deeply into smack. After that, I found it oddly disturbing, a sort of ... slow realization on my part why he released a string of rather bland albums. Those were the drinking years. And, amazingly, he does go more deeply into the creative process even during that time and churns out good tunes. Wish he had talked more about working with different artists and the backing bands he had - more about what it was like to play with them.

Anyway. I'm late to the party on this book. I think he needs to add a chapter or three and update us before he tiptoes out of this world.


 

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  posted on 9/17/2017 at 10:17 PM
This thread makes me want to re-read the book. I read it when it came out, but I recall feeling it was somewhat detached, dry, more a listing of events than a vivid narrative. Maybe it was me.
 

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  posted on 9/18/2017 at 04:53 PM
It wasn't my cup of tea. Most rock star bios aren't. Hated Gregg's just as much.

Loved Al Kooper's.

 
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