Eric Clapton's autobiography on shelves now

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Like any blues musician worth their wail, Eric Clapton has always drawn inspiration from his own life. From “Layla” to “Cocaine” to “Tears in Heaven”, the guitar player’s biggest hits are also his most honest works. With his autobiography, published Tuesday, Clapton fans can now fill in the gaps between the songs.

In 352 pages, the rock icon details his relationships with music, women and drugs, amongst other things. Clapton’s thoughts on his pursuit of Pattie Boyd, who was married to George Harrison at time of Clapton’s infatuation, provides insight into one of rock music’s most legendary seductions.

"[Boyd] belonged to a powerful man who seemed to have everything I wanted," Clapton writes. "Amazing cars, an incredible career and a beautiful wife."

Other topics covered in the book include Clapton’s trying relationship with his mother, his years of drug abuse, and his reaction to the death of his four-year-old son in 1991.

More amazing than the book’s narrative, however, is the fact that Clapton wrote the thing using only the pentatonic scale. (j/k)

Related links:
EricClapton.com
Eric Clapton on MySpace
YouTube: Clapton playing “Matchbox” with Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash

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