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Clapton: The Autobiography

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Eric Clapton

I thought the book Clapton was amazing. I learned a lot about Eric Clapton and his career. I found myself feeling badly for him with the drug addictions but inspired by how he overcame his addictions.

posted by 3534374 on May 9, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

CRINGE!

Witty, sexy, romantic, fun: that's how Pattie Boyd described Clapton in her memoirs, Wonderful Tonight. I didn't get it in her book and I really don't get it in Clapton's. He goes from weird to downright frightening, sober or drunk. I was already aware of Clapton's ghas...
Witty, sexy, romantic, fun: that's how Pattie Boyd described Clapton in her memoirs, Wonderful Tonight. I didn't get it in her book and I really don't get it in Clapton's. He goes from weird to downright frightening, sober or drunk. I was already aware of Clapton's ghastly views about women but was stunned by the depths of his demons, especially with respect to Boyd, his muse and whipping post. 'Clapton' makes me question the efficacy of the recovery movement because Sober Eric = Drunken Eric with all the same weird issues and a new batch of excuses. As another reviewer said he's now in a marriage that resembles the outcome of a contest. Despite years of AA, and an overwhelming tragedy, he isn't humbled enough to make amends for his many mistakes, including his racist outbursts in the 70's. I don't see the changed man he insists he is. Sorry, but a multimillionaire building a rehab for rich addicts doesn't impress me when he hasn't made amends to the people he directly hurt. My patience with the book and author wore thin fast. Too many gross descriptions of substance bingeing, too much self-serving recovery-speak, too many bimbos, and just too much freak show. Clapton's musical genius aside, he's led an embarrassing life and it makes for a cringe-inducing read.

posted by Anonymous on December 18, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Don't waste your time and money

    I went into reading this because I do like some of Clapton's music.
    After awhile it just seemed to be the following same old scenario over and over.
    "Drugs, alcohol, another woman, maybe I'll write a song but I can't because I'm on drugs and alcohol and I can't remember".

    That's about all this amounts to. Pretty boring. Find someone else to read about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008

    YAWN

    I had trouble getting through the first 20 pages. Boring and self indulgent, and very technical when it comes to his playing and songwriting. It sounded like he had no enthusiasm for telling his story, like he was doing it because someone paid him a lot of money. Good thing I got it from the library and didn't pay $24.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2008

    I really didn't expect this disappointment

    After all he wrote about his hedonistic life (and I'm a child of the 70's), I never expected this. I knew I would encounter drug use, but I didn't know he would throw off responsibility for so much. I didn't know he would end up bragging about his boat, his island, and his oh-so-'generous' rehab unit for the stars. You're so vain, Clapton.

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