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Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:57 am

The South Bank Show Originals: Eric Clapton
Melvyn spoke to Eric in 1987, and 2007. The amusing part is that Eric, by later admission, was in his blind drunk years at the time of the first profile, about which he was rueful the second time. He once had to play while lying flat on his back, being too drunk to stand. He did feel that excess might work as a short-cut to spirituality (albeit temporarily). He felt his first spell in Cream was time mis-spent. He was sober by the time his son Conor died in 1991, as he had to deal with all the police and undertakers and so on. He enjoyed the Cream reunion in 2005, enough time having past to make the original era seem like fun.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:49 am

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
Lengthy 2-hour+ doc on his life in music, opening with a tribute on the death of BB King, then back through his youth, mixed-up family, learning process with music, zealous projects, the drug & drink years, sobriety, and finally the sad death of his son Conor, after which he really cleaned up his act, and found a loving family at last.

Eric Clapton - The Rock N Roll Years
Repeated to complement the above, this 2005 compilation was done to mark his 60th birthday, and featured assorted musical efforts including turns at Live Aid (in the US) and even on Top of the Pops, not to mention the ubiquitous Jools Holland's shows. It does show his overt stance on writing songs about personal experience, whether Layla or Tears In Heaven.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:22 am

Eric Clapton - Planes, Trains and Eric
A look at his tour of the Middle & Far East from the Spring of 2014, at a time when he was toying with stopping touring at 70. He made an emotional performance at the Tokyo Budokan, where he holds a record for most performances, and had made over 200 gigs in Japan over 40 years. He paid tribute to Seijiro Udo, a long-time friend and promoter who had stuck with him through thick and thin. He also did a show in Bahrain, having met a Crown Prince through Jackie Stewart. As you do. There was more chat than performance here, but I suspect a long-form DVD would put that right. Paul Carrack was a member of his band. Top quality.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:21 am

Music Icons: Cream
Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker developed enmity whilst playing in various bands. Baker suggested to Eric Clapton about forming a supergroup, only to find Eric wanted Jack in it. Since Ginger didn't sing, and Eric felt unhappy about it, Jack became main singer by default. After they managed a few successful albums, the penny dropped for Eric, and they split after a farewell tour. Eric tried again with Blind Faith, but Ginger tagged along and Eric soon tired of that. He went on to enormous solo success, and the other two weren't too bad. They entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and managed a full reunion in 2005, although their old wraths were soon renewed.

In other, happier news, Eric has recently a new album, his first Christmas one.
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