Eric Clapton - The Cream Of Clapton

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15 mar 2011, 23:23



It is the mid 70s. I am sitting in Mr James' Biology class. My friend, Chris is sitting next to me admiring his new purchases under the desk. They are two LPs. One by Spyro Gyra, does not interest me. The other is Cream's magnificent Disraeli Gears. Several of the tracks from that album scrobble to the career retrospective:



Of course, I am being as perverse as last.fm's album attribution: neither of my chosen videos is actually on the featured album ;)

Eric was inspired to take up guitar by the great 1930s blues man Robert Johnson. He was not alone in this inspiration; he inspired many of the British guitarists who broke in the 60s. However none of the others could match their hero. Even Keith Richards admitted he needed the help of a second guitarist to reproduce Johnson's guitar sound.

Clapton passed through two seminal British blues bands, The Yardbirds and John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, before forming Cream. With breathtaking guitar work like the lead guitar on The Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps, it wasn't long before many young Englishmen thought Clapton is God (The counter claim for deification was George Best)

Clapton couldn't handle the fame and tried a number of strategies to get out of the limelight. He tried to pass himself off as a rhythm guitarist. He hid behind the pseodonym Derek And The Dominoes to eulogise George Harrison's wife, Patti Boyd, with Layla


He tried substance abuse, becoming a heroin addict and an alcoholic (sequentially rather than simultaneously). He tried racist ranting in favour of Enoch Powell. None of it could deflect public interest in his amazing guitar work.

Meanwhile he helped popularise Reggae by covering Bob Marley - I Shot The Sheriff and by setting Bob Dylan's Knocking On Heaven's Door to a one-drop rhythm.

Well I am running out of both superlatives and anecdotes, but I cannot sign off without mentioning his spectacular cover of J.J. Cale - Cocaine.

He now devotes himself to his charity which helps rehabilitate substance abusers

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