Eric Clapton FAQ
Eric Clapton FAQ
All That’s Left to Know About Slowhand
by David Bowling
MONTCLAIR, NJ—From busking on street corners and in local pubs to the raw blues of the Yardbirds, the rock/blues fusion of Cream, the guitar brilliance of Derek and the Dominos, and the unforgettable songs of his solo career, Eric Clapton has proven himself a rock god for the last half century. With so many books, articles, reviews, and websites about him, Clapton is one of those public figures we know much about already, but he still seems partially shrouded in mystery. Sometimes the stories and facts about his life change and evolve, which is all a part of his mystique.
Eric Clapton FAQ (May 2013, $22.99, Backbeat Books) helps uncover some of those mysteries and celebrates his talent in an entertaining style. It’s not written as a traditional Clapton biography; instead, the book is divvied up into different areas of his career, creating a number of mini-biographies.
The facts in Eric Clapton FAQ involve those who paved the way for Clapton, various bands and other musicians he played with, and a solo career that spans four decades. It’s also packed with dozens of rare images. Slowhand fans will be sure to pick up this book to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the genesis of Clapton’s incomparable career.
David Bowling (Freeport, ME) has been a music fan and collector since the age of 14, when he walked into Herioux’s Music Store in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and purchased a recording of “The Little Old Lady from Pasadena” by Jan and Dean. His collection passed the 50,000 mark a couple of decades ago, and the exact figure now remains hidden from all family members. He has been writing about music since college and has written over 1,400 reviews.
May 21, 2013
6″ x 9″
B&W photos throughout
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group