Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History

by Chris Welch

MBI Publishing Company | June 6, 2013 | Hardcover

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One of Guitar World magazine's Top 15 rock books of 2011.

He was born Eric Patrick Clapton, but you can just call him "Slowhand."

Over the years, fans of Eric Clapton have debated the high points of an epic career in blues and rock 'n' roll spanning nearly fifty years. Which song best epitomizes Clapton's skills as a songwriter? Which era-the Yardbirds, Cream or his solo work-stands about above the rest? Where does Clapton rank on the list of all-time guitar greats?

Whatever your opinions may be, one this is for sure: few artists have contributed as much to the world of music as the six-string magician from Ripley.

Put simply, one look at Clapton's five-decade-long résumé is enough to blow any rock 'n' roll junkie's mind. It includes time with the Yardbirds, John Mayall''s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, the Plastic Ono Band, Bonnie & Delaney, Derek and the Dominoes, and his own solo discography, not to mention his Crossroads festivals and appearances at the Concert for Bangladesh, the Last Waltz, Live Aid, the Secret Policeman's Other Ball, and so much more.

Along the way, Clapton has won seven Grammy Awards and eighteen gold, eight platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums-including one ten-times platinum LP. And if that weren't enough, he's also the only musician to have been inducted in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame three times-as a solo performer and as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream.

From respected author and rock journo Chris Welch, Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History is a beautifully illustrated celebration of all things Clapton. Packed with more than 400 photographs, guitars, concert posters, and other memorabilia, this first-of-its kind book also houses eleven chapters following Clapton's remarkable career-from its earliest days to his various work in several now-legendary bands to his stunning solo career. Also included is a wealth of sidebars covering the gear Clapton has used through the years, as well as extensive appendices detailing his complete discography.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 9.45 × 11.02 × 0.79 in

Published: June 6, 2013

Publisher: MBI Publishing Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0760340463

ISBN - 13: 9780760340462

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Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History

Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History

by Chris Welch

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 9.45 × 11.02 × 0.79 in

Published: June 6, 2013

Publisher: MBI Publishing Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0760340463

ISBN - 13: 9780760340462

About the Book

Here at last is the first complete illustrated history of Eric Clapton's entire career, illustrated throughout with candid and performance photography, as well as memorabilia spanning all five decades of his career.

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One of Guitar World magazine's Top 15 rock books of 2011.

He was born Eric Patrick Clapton, but you can just call him "Slowhand."

Over the years, fans of Eric Clapton have debated the high points of an epic career in blues and rock 'n' roll spanning nearly fifty years. Which song best epitomizes Clapton's skills as a songwriter? Which era-the Yardbirds, Cream or his solo work-stands about above the rest? Where does Clapton rank on the list of all-time guitar greats?

Whatever your opinions may be, one this is for sure: few artists have contributed as much to the world of music as the six-string magician from Ripley.

Put simply, one look at Clapton's five-decade-long résumé is enough to blow any rock 'n' roll junkie's mind. It includes time with the Yardbirds, John Mayall''s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, the Plastic Ono Band, Bonnie & Delaney, Derek and the Dominoes, and his own solo discography, not to mention his Crossroads festivals and appearances at the Concert for Bangladesh, the Last Waltz, Live Aid, the Secret Policeman's Other Ball, and so much more.

Along the way, Clapton has won seven Grammy Awards and eighteen gold, eight platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums-including one ten-times platinum LP. And if that weren't enough, he's also the only musician to have been inducted in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame three times-as a solo performer and as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream.

From respected author and rock journo Chris Welch, Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History is a beautifully illustrated celebration of all things Clapton. Packed with more than 400 photographs, guitars, concert posters, and other memorabilia, this first-of-its kind book also houses eleven chapters following Clapton's remarkable career-from its earliest days to his various work in several now-legendary bands to his stunning solo career. Also included is a wealth of sidebars covering the gear Clapton has used through the years, as well as extensive appendices detailing his complete discography.

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Eric Clapton is one of the greatest guitarists-ever. His five-decade-long career includes time with the Yardbirds, John Mayall''s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, the Plastic Ono Band, Bonnie & Delaney, Derek and the Dominoes, and his own solo discography, not to mention his Crossroads festivals and appearances at the Concert for Bangladesh, the Last Waltz, Live Aid, the Secret Policeman's Other Ball, and so much more.
 
Along the way, he has won seven Grammy Awards and eighteen gold, eight platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums-including one ten-times platinum LP. And he's the only musician to have been inducted in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame three times-as a solo performer and as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream.
 
Here is the ultimate illustrated history of Eric Clapton packed with more than 400 photographs, guitars, concert posters, and other memorabilia.


About the Author

Chris Welch was there during much of Clapton's career, reporting for Britain's Melody Maker magazine starting in 1964. He lives in England.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"Welch, a reporter/editor for the British music paper Melody Maker during the 1960s and 1970s, delivers an oversized, lavishly illustrated biography of guitar icon Eric Clapton. He devotes much of the text to and shares the most insights on Clapton''s career pre-1974: his humble beginnings and stints with John Mayall, the Yardbirds, Cream, and Blind Faith. Welch rushes through the remainder of the guitarist''s more pop-oriented career up to the present. Throughout, he collects 400 color photos of posters, album covers, and concert scenes of Clapton and his bands. Verdict: A good companion to Clapton''s best-selling 2007 autobiography (Clapton: The Autobiography), this book taps Welch''s firsthand knowledge of his subject and adds new material via interviews with Clapton''s early bandmates. Appealing for music fans, but not essential."

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