Q & A with Marc Roberty

Marc Roberty is the author of Eric Clapton-Day by Day, The Early Years and the soon to be released Eric Clapton-Day by Day, The Later Years.  Here, he gives an interview on Music Tomes. Follow the link for the rest of the interview.

When did you first hear Clapton?

I first heard Clapton in 1965 when I bought the “For Your Love” single by The Yardbirds. I actually liked the poppy sound. Then I played the b-side, “Got To Hurry”, which changed my world. As a 10 year old kid I had not heard such guitar sounds before. I was intrigued and wanted more. After a lot of research I found out it was Eric Clapton’s guitar and he had just joined John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. I have followed him ever since. It also made me appreciate the guitar as an instrument which led me to Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix.

The two volumes of Eric Clapton, Day by Day blend biographical elements, discography, and detailed tour details, down to the setlists. How did you decide on this format, rather than writing a biography or a discography?

I wanted to put together all aspects of Eric’s musical life over the last 50 years and hopefully produce the ultimate reference book on him. I felt a simple biography or discography would only cover certain aspects of his musical career.

Take us a little behind-the-scenes with a little overview of the research you did for these in-depth books.

I have quite a large collection of old music papers, which are always a good source of information. I spent many months in various newspaper archives going back to 1963 onwards to research tour dates and venues, as well as concert adverts. On top of that I had a lot of help from Eric and his office allowing me access to tour itineraries, etc. I interviewed a multitude of musicians, producers and engineers which were very enlightening and revealing.

Go to Musictomes.com to keep reading!

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.

With Eric Clapton’s 50th anniversary in the music business approaching in 2013, now is the perfect time for this comprehensive biography.

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