Eric Clapton’s Career Milestone
Guest Blogger: Marc Roberty, author of Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Early Years, 1963-1982 and the forthcoming Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Later Years, 1983-20013.
2013 saw Eric Clapton celebrating fifty years as a professional musician. What better time to look back in every detail of his musical history? You could argue that Eric’s most creative and exciting period can be found in the first volume of Day by Day, but that would be a little short-sighted. Those first decades were very much development years with Eric searching for his voice with the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos, all legendary bands that are revered to this day. But the next three decades would offer fans many surprises and some of his most successful and memorable music.
At the time of putting these two books together it seems that Eric will be retiring from lengthy tours and any live appearances after he reaches 70. As a music fan I hope that he will continue to make music, but equally I appreciate that he certainly deserves his retirement after providing so much pleasure to so many people over the last fifty years.
Whatever happens, I hope that these two volumes will provide the reader with new information and hopefully inspire them to look into some previously unexplored Eric Clapton music.
Eric Clapton, Day by Day presents Clapton’s professional life in music in a day-by-day format, giving details of which bands he joined and left, all recordings made – both released and unreleased – as well as guest appearances he made on other artists’ records, and concert tours.
Based on years of extensive research from around the globe and interviews with musicians, film directors, producers, and studio engineers, Roberty covers every detail of Clapton’s live and studio work in this detailed biography.
Volume 1 covers Clapton’s early years, offering an insight into how this artist slowly found his own musical identity. Volume 2, to be published in the fall of 2013, will continue the story, covering Clapton’s comeback after problematic years of drug and alcohol abuse, and his going on to become one of the world’s most respected and admired musicians.
With Eric Clapton’s 50th anniversary in the music business approaching in 2013, now is the perfect time for this comprehensive biography.
Volume 2 (Release Date: 10/29/13)
Volume 2 of Eric Clapton, Day by Day covers 1983 through to 2013, listing all of Clapton’s tour dates, set lists, recording sessions, and guest appearances for that period, along with quotes and narrative from engineers, producers, and musicians who were involved. Where possible, entries for recording sessions, as well as live recordings, list all accompanying musicians and the studio locations, plus the songs that were released and those that remained in the vault.
Volume 2 details major events of the last few decades, such as the ARMS shows, which saw the three Yardbirds guitarists – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page – onstage together for the first time since the sixties. It looks at the Cream reformation shows of 2005, with all the ups and downs associated with that reunion. In the last decade, Clapton has revisited his past on several occasions, and in 2008, he reunited with his Blind Faith band mate, Stevie Winwood. The remarkable musical chemistry between the two was obvious to fans, and the Clapton/Winwood relationship has been revived several times since. The book also covers Clapton’s well-publicized Crossroads guitar festivals, which have been well received by fans and critics. The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of his performing career.