Eric Clapton has been at the forefront of blues and rock music for than 30 years Drawing on interviews with former members of the Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Clapton s own groups, this biography traces his troubled childhood, when he first picked up a guitar, his twilight years as a drug addict and alcoholic, and his progress to superstar status It also offers an assessment of his music....
|Title||:||Clapton: Edge of Darkness|
|Publisher||:||Orion October 27, 1994|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||980 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Clapton: Edge of Darkness Reviews
Did Rita Skeeter write this book? The tone is so vitriolic that one can only assume the Skeeter is behind it - or someone very like. Where one expects to find fact supported by resesarch there is only "anonymous" opinions and stories related by sources that don't wish to be identified. Where one expect discussion of Clapton's career, opinions of his skills by peers, or even quotes from rock reviewers, one finds gossip about Mr. Clapton's personal life, probably the least important thing about him. "How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable", sighs Hamlet, maybe he was reading this book. In fact, this book brings a Richard Steele quote to mind: "Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip." and in my opinion that is how the book finally strikes one - gossip with little or no fact. Such a waste of ink.
There is clearly a lot of early Clapton not to love. Why is it so well hidden? Having read Sandford's previous work, I knew I would get the total picture. Not just the enshrined latter figure . . .
Lots of details of Eric's life...too many for most readers. Author is British, and the writing is not edited for American audiences. The content is not always believable, and some author's opinions are repeated, and repeated.
I was disappointed in this book. The author seems intent to portray only Clapton's negative qualities. Maybe this a true portrayal, I don't know, but whenever someone is shown in such a negative light, I suspect bias by the author.
I admit from the outset that I am a longtime Clapton fan. I have read just about every book and magazine article written about him over the last 30 years and have viewed many of the video bios about him. This book is by far the worst. It seems to me that the author had a negative bias from the beginning.
From a musician's standpoint, I feel that some of the prose of this biography was a little hard to withstand. Don't get me wrong, it was definitely an interesting book. It's just that I wish the story contained MORE about Clapton's music throughout the years, lyrically and theoretically, his equipment and so on ... Clapton the musician. The author did express his opinions of his songs and his albums, which I disagreed with a lot. But opinions are just that: individual likes and dislikes, and everyone's are different. TOO MUCH stress was on Clapton's personality, love life, and inner demons ... the celebrity stuff.
For Clapton fans a must, but the trite & unsubstantiated narrative made me feel at times like was reading the National Enquirer (Do I really need to read rumors about Clapton sleeping with Jagger -- NO!) Of course as a Clapton fan (especially of work with Cream and Dominos) I couldn't put the book down - what it lacks in historical & musical perspective it more than makes up for in juicy gossip! The Shapiro bio is considerably better, but the fact remains that the definitive work on this incredibly talented and complex man has not yet been written!