Eric Clapton, Day by Day

Eric Clapton, Day by Day

The Early Years: 1963–1982
by Marc Roberty
foreword by Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos)


“From day one in 1963 right up to today, Eric’s life has been full of recording and live appearances, and Marc Roberty has managed to compile it all and lay it out for everyone to read, enjoy, and be enlightened.”                          –Bobby Whitlock, from the foreword

MONTCLAIR, NJ—To celebrate the 50th year of Eric Clapton’s career as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time, Marc Roberty, the quintessential Eric Clapton authority, has compiled every day-to-day detail of Clapton’s professional life in music into two heavily illustrated volumes.

Backbeat Books will publish the first volume, Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Early Years: 1963–1982 ($39.99) on May 28, 2013. Drawing on years of extensive research and interviews, Roberty covers every aspect of Clapton’s recordings (released and unreleased), joining and leaving bands, live performances, concert tours, and guest appearances on other artists’ records. Even when Clapton “wasn’t doing anything,” he was busy because everyone called on him when they needed someone, and this book chronicles every activity of a very busy man.

The book includes not only every band Clapton played in, such as the Yardbirds, Cream, Derek and the Dominos, Blind Faith, and Delaney & Bonnie, but also all the cameos throughout his career, such as ones with George Harrison (recording “All Things Must Pass”), the Rolling Stones, Leon Russell, Stevie Wonder, Pete Townshend, and so many more. Making the book even more of a treat for die-hard Slowhand fans, the pages are stuffed with color photos, images of band posters, and album art.

Backbeat Books will publish the second volume, Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Later Years: 1983–2013, in November 2013.

Marc Roberty (London) is an award-nominated author, music journalist, and music historian. Roberty’s articles have been featured in Guitarist magazine, Rolling Stone, Best (France), Mojo, The Financial Times, The Independent, and Where’s Eric! Roberty also did film and audio research for the Eric Clapton Anthology, a documentary.

May 28, 2013
8.5″ x 11″
352 pages
Heavily illustrated
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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