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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,079 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Clapton Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781415943458
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With striking intimacy and candor, Eric Clapton tells the story of his eventful and inspiring life. More than a rock star, Eric Clapton 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. With the formation of Cream, the world’s first supergroup, he became a worldwide superstar. During the decades that followed, he would go on to play as a guest with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, as well as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and longtime friend George Harrison. He would overcome despair, self-imposed seclusion, drug addiction, and alcoholism. He would 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. CLAPTON is the powerful 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 time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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.

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Travis | 2/13/2014

    " Did not get through the first CD with out some rough content, three "f" words, and some other language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.B. Siewers | 2/11/2014

    " early years as a guitar god in the UK and the amazing interaction with so many huge names in the music industry was so cool, also some degree of honesty with his addictions and love affairs interesting stuff "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Bradley | 2/8/2014

    " A real look at Clapton's life exposing his strengths and weaknesses "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenbrandau341 | 2/6/2014

    " I thought this was a great autobiography. I always knew Clapton had hard times in his life but reading his autobiography made me realize how many obstacles he has overcome since his childhood. Its amazing how such a tortured soul can survive and overcome life's hardships and still come out a good person. I really liked this book and admire Eric Clapton for his ability to be honest and open about his life so that he may help others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 2/5/2014

    " It was ok. Clapton certainly has an interesting story to tell about his own career and the many other rock stars he's crossed paths with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Pat | 2/3/2014

    " While rambling at times, this autobiography took the reader deep into the musical and personal life of one of rock's greatest musicians. I loved learning of his musical roots and his personal struggles. I would suggest this to any fan! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/25/2014

    " I had a better opinion of Clapton before I read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 1/20/2014

    " I have to say that I really enjoyed this book, and I think that this is the first autobiography that I have ever read. I have always been a fan of Clapton but after reading his book I really respect him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/14/2014

    " Candid, well spoken, and gentlemanly as I would expect from Clapton. He was quite a mess, but a hot mess :) Fortunately, he lived to realize the good life in recovery and his music still makes the heart pitter-patter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/14/2014

    " This is a book for Eric Clapton lovers...Too many names to keep track of if you aren't totally into the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Perry | 1/11/2014

    " I don't love all of Eric Clapton's music, but there is a couple of his albums and songs that are some of my favorites. I would have liked it to touch more on the George Harrison and Patty Boyd triangle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ej | 12/31/2013

    " Interesting story. I'm not sure he remembers a lot of his own story, and the language is strangely devoid of emotion despite the emotional subject matter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaitlyn | 12/23/2013

    " If you are a huge Clapton fan and want to know more about his life and the stories behind songs like Tears in Heaven (the death of his 5 year old son) then read this book. If not it probably won't interest you "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Larry | 7/13/2013

    " Never like Clapton much. After reading this, I like him less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyrie | 8/30/2012

    " I think Clapton shouldn't be allowed to write his own book. It was interesting, but rambling. I guess it was like sitting down with him and listening to him tell it. However, since he wasn't in the room and I couldn't actually hear him, it was just disjointed. No pun intended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Althea | 5/13/2012

    " Very honest, interesting account of the life of a rock star from the sixties until today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 4/21/2012

    " clapton seems to be very self-depricating about his guitar accomplishments, but maybe it's because he was strung out for most of the '60s, '70s and part of the '80s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 3/23/2012

    " Not bad! I didn't know much about him before this. I'm not really a fan, I just heard this was a good read. It was a pretty nutty ride--a totally rock 'n roll life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helena | 2/15/2012

    " This is my first rock and roll biography .Interesting so far Well having finished it sorry it did not impress .Probably me not the book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha | 1/19/2012

    " If you are a huge Eric Clapton fan don't read this. Your fantasies about him are way more impressive than the real thing. If you are a huge fan of pure, old-school blues then you will find the pages and pages of musicans and how they play interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Hamilton | 5/31/2011

    " I love biographies and, as a hack guitarist, I looked forward to this one. While it kept me well entertained on a long flight, it became a bit monotonous as Clapton recounted the same patterns of destructive behavior over and over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 5/12/2011

    " Eric, forever my favorite guitarist, but not so much my favorite person after this read. He is honest, which is what you want from a bio, so I appreciated that much. But...I like him a lot less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 5/11/2011

    " decent read of a decent guy who was pretty messed up for a long time. a chummy style like the two of you were having coffee. gets a bit repetitious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 5/10/2011

    " The story of Clapton by EC himself. Great insight on what made him the rock star we all know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 5/3/2011

    " Honest and revealing into the life of clapton and his struggle with and recovery from drugs n alcohol. Great read into life of celebrity as humbly written as I have read about a celebrity to date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/23/2011

    " I'm still really curious to know how in the world he did not kill himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 4/18/2011

    " Amazing story. A wonder (as my dad says) that the man survived himself. His writing is practically as good as his guitar playing. I felt like I really got to know "Clapton is god" through this book. Amazing what this man has accomplished and survived and overcome. Excellent read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kendell | 4/17/2011

    " This guy was a real ass.
    Fascinating to read, however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hunter | 4/10/2011

    " This is the best musician autobiography I have read, and possibly simply the best autobiography. The style is candid, yet written with such wonderful (and decidedly British) diction and restraint that it had the feel of a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 4/3/2011

    " Interesting autobiography of an interesting character. What a roller coaster life he had. I like Eric even more now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 3/21/2011

    " Clapton lived an interesting life - and even remembers some of it. Loved reading about the different famous characters from rock music and learning how he became a star "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 3/15/2011

    " It was ok. Clapton certainly has an interesting story to tell about his own career and the many other rock stars he's crossed paths with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 2/23/2011

    " I don't love all of Eric Clapton's music, but there is a couple of his albums and songs that are some of my favorites. I would have liked it to touch more on the George Harrison and Patty Boyd triangle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/21/2011

    " Always loved the music and heard the stories swirling around about the events surrounding it. Really enjoyed reading Clapton's take on his life from top to bottom--not surprising that he can write well. I found this book hard to put down. "

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About the Author
Author Eric ClaptonEric Clapton is married to Melia McEnery and is the father of four daughters. He lives outside London.
About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.