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  • Published: 1 August 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099505495
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

Eric Clapton: The Autobiography

The bestselling rock autobiography of all time.

Eric Clapton is far more than a rock star. Like Dylan and McCartney he is an icon and a living legend. He has sold tens of millions of records, played sell-out concerts all over the world and been central to the significant musical developments of his era. His guitar playing has seen him hailed as 'God'. Now for the first time, Eric tells the story of his personal and professional journeys in this pungent, witty and painfully honest autobiography.

These are the memoirs of a survivor, someone who has reached the pinnacle of success, who has had it all, but whose demons have never left him. Eric tells his story as it is, hiding nothing, with a directness and searing honesty that will make this book one of the most compelling memoirs of our time.

  • Published: 1 August 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099505495
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton was born in 1945. At the age of eighteen, he joined the Yardbirds and in 1966, he formed Cream with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos followed before Eric embarked on his solo career which has spanned three decades to date. He has produced dozens of bestselling albums selling tens of millions of copies. He is married with three daughters and lives with his family in Surrey. He also has another daughter, Ruth, by a previous relationship.

Praise for Eric Clapton: The Autobiography

Eric Clapton has produced a gem of a rock memoir, in which he lays bare the painful roots of his music. Clapton speaks honestly and touchingly not only about the external course of his life but of what music has meant to him. That makes it much the best of this season's rock memoirs. Clapton delivers himself profoundly. It's extremely moving.

Evening Standard

Clapton relates what happened with painful honesty. In other rock stars, such plump contentment might seem hypocritical, even vulgar. But with Eric Clapton, you feel that a little comfort is the least he deserves.

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday (4 star review)

This is an essential read


It's a raw and remarkable piece of self-exposure

Daily Telegraph

It is a pity more autobiograophers don't have Clapton's grounding in the blues.

Sunday Times

His story is certainly deserving of telling. What sets this book apart is Clapton's sheer stature. His tale is frank, witty and engaging. Worth a read.

News of the World

This is a gripping read


Eric Clapton: The Autobiography is nail-biting, white-knuckle stuff


An inspiring story of struggle, setback and redemption, The early chapters bring vividly alive the mood and music of the times, and the young Clapton cuts a deceptively sympathetic figure: an idealist, dedicated to maintaining the 'purity' of his music; modest about his talents, candid about his professional jealousies, his shyness, his sexual insecurities.


Clapton's book is a candid, almost confessional look back on a starry life. This is a compelling, down-to-earth document of the man behind the guitar-hero mask.


Clapton reveals all in this unflinching confessional.


A powerfully honest and very moving insight into the life of a rock legend

The Herald (Glasgow)

Clapton bares his soul. Fascinating. It's an absorbing read, like you've been granted access to a mind finally coming to terms with itself.

The Sunday Tribune (Ireland)

Difficult to put down

Sunday Times

Clapton provides an orderly account of life in which all other considerations are secondary to the frequently selfish needs of The Artist'


Gold-plated tales of sex, drink, drugs and fame and moments of musical incandescence.

Observer Music Monthly

A warm portrait

FT Magazine

A harrowing and searingly honest book about the unreal rock star life.

Daily Express

Clapton lays bare his life story in this witty but also painfully honest autobiography. Compelling and accomplished.

Sunday Express

A painfully honest insider's account of an age all too often portrayed as one long party

Daily Mail

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 DcCurtis, 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


Boston Herald

An even, unblinking sensibility defines the author's voice.

New York Times

An unsparing self-portrait.

USA Today

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.

Publisher’s Weekly

Clapton is a confessional, an addiction memoir, and a glorious rock history rolled into one, with a smidgeon of guilt and, ultimately redemption thrown in for good measure.

New York Post

Clapton fills in many gray areas, recounting his highs and lows with a thoughtfulness often lacking rock memoirs.Methodically he whittles away at the larger-than-life rock god until a vulnerable, messed-up mortal emerges...Clapton is an absorbing tale of artistry, decadence and redemption.It's also an important reminder of the guitarist's imprint on rock music, as a sideman, solo artist and bandleader.Not bad for a blues snob from Surrey.

Los Angeles Times

Clapton: The Autobiography does what many rock historians couldn't: It debunks the legend, de-mythologizes one of the most mythologized electric guitarists ever, puts a lie to the glamour of what is means to be a rock star...It's a cautionary tale that spills over into tragedy several times as love, lives and talents are all wasted.

Chicago Tribune

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


Charming and surprisingly candid.

Entertainment Weekly

Absolutely brilliant

Daily Express

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