Motherless Child: The Definitive Biography of Eric Clapton

Motherless Child: The Definitive Biography of Eric Clapton

by Paul Scott


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Motherless Child: The Definitive Biography of Eric Clapton by Paul Scott

From the Yardbirds to Cream, Blind Faith to Derek and the Dominos, and a hugely-successful solo career, Eric Clapton's fifty years in the music business can look like an uninterrupted rise to become one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived. But his story is as complicated as it is fascinating.

Clapton's god-like skill with a guitar was matched by an almost equal talent for self-destruction. He has never shied away from telling the truth about his battles with drink and drugs - or the sometimes catastrophic impact they had on the other people in his life, including his first wife Pattie Boyd. And without those deep personal lows we may never have had the musical highs that won him millions of fans. His story is also one of a long but successful road to sobriety, redemption and happiness.

Motherless Child chronicles Clapton's remarkable journey: the music, the women, the drugs, the cars, the guitars, the heartbreak and the triumphs are all here. The book includes interviews with some people close to Clapton who have never spoken on the record before. It explores his musical legacy as one of the most influential musicians of his generation, and as the keeper of the flame for the blues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472212733
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 413,648
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Paul Scott is a bestselling author and journalist who has written biographies of Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow. He has contributed to several national newspapers including the Daily Mail. He is a life-long fan of Eric Clapton.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 God 1

Chapter 2 Pat 6

Chapter 3 Music 18

Chapter 4 Yardbirds 36

Chapter 5 Bluesbreakers 56

Chapter 6 Cream 69

Chapter 7 Pattie 107

Chapter 8 Exile 128

Chapter 9 Booze 158

Chapter 10 Rehab 195

Chapter 11 Conor 217

Chapter 12 Clean 246

Chapter 13 Diversions 259

Chapter 14 Loss 271

Chapter 15 Crossroads 297

Chapter 16 Melia 326

Epilogue: Messenger 357

Acknowledgements 361

Picture Credits 362

Source Notes 364

Index 366

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