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Timed for release around Clapton's 70th birthday, Motherless Child will be the ultimate celebration and definitive biography of one of the most influential musicians alive today. From the 1960s graffiti proclaiming 'Clapton is God', to his seminal work in supergroup Cream and his phenomenally successful solo career, Eric Clapton has achieved the status of bona fide living Timed for release around Clapton's 70th birthday, Motherless Child will be the ultimate celebration and definitive biography of one of the most influential musicians alive today. From the 1960s graffiti proclaiming 'Clapton is God', to his seminal work in supergroup Cream and his phenomenally successful solo career, Eric Clapton has achieved the status of bona fide living legend and enduring icon. Now in his sixth decade in the music business, he occupies an exulted position at the pinnacle of the rock world thanks to songs like Layla, Wonderful Tonight and Tears In Heaven, and for many is considered the greatest guitarist who ever lived. This book will chart his rise to stardom in the 60s and his unparalleled success since walking out of the Yardbirds as a 20-year-old to follow his chosen path of the blues with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and later with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker in supergroup Cream, as well as his successful solo career. However, his success has come at a price. Once a happy well-adjusted boy, the young Clapton was devastated by the realisation at the age of nine that the woman he thought was his sister was in fact his mother, and that the couple he thought were his parents were his maternal grandparents. His treatment by his mother was also to shape his future turbulent relationships with the women in his life, including his failed first marriage to model Pattie Boyd, who was married to Clapton's close friend George Harrison when he fell for her. Motherless Child also chronicles his battles with the demons of drugs and alcohol, his successful journey to sobriety, and examines his legacy as one of the most influential musicans of his generation. This is essential reading for any Clapton fan.


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Timed for release around Clapton's 70th birthday, Motherless Child will be the ultimate celebration and definitive biography of one of the most influential musicians alive today. From the 1960s graffiti proclaiming 'Clapton is God', to his seminal work in supergroup Cream and his phenomenally successful solo career, Eric Clapton has achieved the status of bona fide living Timed for release around Clapton's 70th birthday, Motherless Child will be the ultimate celebration and definitive biography of one of the most influential musicians alive today. From the 1960s graffiti proclaiming 'Clapton is God', to his seminal work in supergroup Cream and his phenomenally successful solo career, Eric Clapton has achieved the status of bona fide living legend and enduring icon. Now in his sixth decade in the music business, he occupies an exulted position at the pinnacle of the rock world thanks to songs like Layla, Wonderful Tonight and Tears In Heaven, and for many is considered the greatest guitarist who ever lived. This book will chart his rise to stardom in the 60s and his unparalleled success since walking out of the Yardbirds as a 20-year-old to follow his chosen path of the blues with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and later with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker in supergroup Cream, as well as his successful solo career. However, his success has come at a price. Once a happy well-adjusted boy, the young Clapton was devastated by the realisation at the age of nine that the woman he thought was his sister was in fact his mother, and that the couple he thought were his parents were his maternal grandparents. His treatment by his mother was also to shape his future turbulent relationships with the women in his life, including his failed first marriage to model Pattie Boyd, who was married to Clapton's close friend George Harrison when he fell for her. Motherless Child also chronicles his battles with the demons of drugs and alcohol, his successful journey to sobriety, and examines his legacy as one of the most influential musicans of his generation. This is essential reading for any Clapton fan.

30 review for Motherless Child: The Definitive Biography of Eric Clapton

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tony Nielsen

    Paul Scott's Eric Clapton biography is a no holds barred expose which ramps up Clapton's own frank autobiography published in 2007. As a decades long Clapton fan some of the content in Motherless Child challenges the perception of the man. Sure, from his own admissions, we know that he carried a heroin habit, got clean, then did the addiction thing all over again with booze. Its not unusual of course for bad habits to dog a high profile musician and none of that comes through in a surprising way Paul Scott's Eric Clapton biography is a no holds barred expose which ramps up Clapton's own frank autobiography published in 2007. As a decades long Clapton fan some of the content in Motherless Child challenges the perception of the man. Sure, from his own admissions, we know that he carried a heroin habit, got clean, then did the addiction thing all over again with booze. Its not unusual of course for bad habits to dog a high profile musician and none of that comes through in a surprising way from Scott's detailed coverage of Clapton's life, most of which is pretty much on the record and well known. The aspect of this book, compared to others, which does make you pause is how he has (mis)treated women but again it is difficult to walk in his shoes to gain perspective. His life as far as relationships go was a train wreck until he became sober, and its gratifying that he seemingly has a happy and fulfilling life with his second wife Melia and their four daughters. Scott's book is a good read, obviously painstakingly researched. I am not sure that Eric Clapton deserves the degree of detail in its coverage of his failings. The plotting of his music career though is thorough and takes the edge off the salacious content.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dane Cobain

    Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review. Motherless Child is presented as “the definitive biography of Eric Clapton”, and I’ll be the first to admit that it gives you a great insight into his life and his career, although considering it was published in 2015, the last decade or so seems a little bare. That said, Clapton’s getting on a bit by now, and he’s also started to settle down. It’s also well-written and well-presented, and it’s obvious that a lot Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review. Motherless Child is presented as “the definitive biography of Eric Clapton”, and I’ll be the first to admit that it gives you a great insight into his life and his career, although considering it was published in 2015, the last decade or so seems a little bare. That said, Clapton’s getting on a bit by now, and he’s also started to settle down. It’s also well-written and well-presented, and it’s obvious that a lot of research has gone into it. That said, the main sources that Scott uses are other biographies of Eric Clapton, as well as Eric’s own autobiography. It does sort of beg the question of why you’d need another Eric Clapton biography, especially when this one makes so little of the recent years. But if you can put that aside and judge this for what it is, which I can because I’ve never read anything else about Clapton, then you’ll realise that this is actually a cracking autobiography, especially because of its relative neutrality. Scott is a Clapton fan, but that doesn’t stop him from telling you about what a douchebag the guitarist can be. And he can be a bit of a douchebag, too. I mean, let’s face it – he was a womanising, alcoholic drug abuser. But still, he seems to have settled down a bit in his later years, and it’s not as though he hasn’t witnessed his fair share of tragedy. I found it an interesting enough read, and I’m not a particularly big Clapton fan, and so if you fancy taking a chance then go out and get it. Just make sure you come back and let me know what you think, afterwards.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    This is a most comprehensive look at the life of Eric Clapton. Tight storyline, well written, and inclusive of other musical personalities of the times, but I closed the book at last with an odd feeling of mourning. The Eric Clapton I know and love may be a product of those times and experiences, but I was happier before I knew what went into his music. I love what it has become, however, so I will hush. Read this book at your own risk....

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Haller

    Much more readable than Clapton's autobiography. Fills in the holes, tells the story from an unbiased position which of course isn't possible when one tells his own story. But still covers nothing new. Just leaves you with feeling of how messed up Clapton really was. Of course, that is all behind him?? Uses the autobiography as a major source. Hopefully Clapton really is as boring and content and fairly normal as he comes off in this but I still have doubts. He was such a mess, a hateful person, Much more readable than Clapton's autobiography. Fills in the holes, tells the story from an unbiased position which of course isn't possible when one tells his own story. But still covers nothing new. Just leaves you with feeling of how messed up Clapton really was. Of course, that is all behind him?? Uses the autobiography as a major source. Hopefully Clapton really is as boring and content and fairly normal as he comes off in this but I still have doubts. He was such a mess, a hateful person, with all kinds of problems. Doesn't really answer the question of how that all goes away especially in someone who had a "charmed" aka spoiled life early on. Clapton was and is a very complicated human being, and not one easily read. But fascinating nonetheless.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Allan Heron

    An enjoyable if frustrating biography of Clapton. Definitive it certainly isn't, not least because the focus is on the person and not his music. The author has a bad habit of including snidey remarks about some of those involved in Eric's life. And there are times if you wonder if he has any liking for Eric other than funding a book project for him. To counter that, the black aspects of Clapton's life are covered well. And the section covering his son's death was as detailed as I've seen and emoti An enjoyable if frustrating biography of Clapton. Definitive it certainly isn't, not least because the focus is on the person and not his music. The author has a bad habit of including snidey remarks about some of those involved in Eric's life. And there are times if you wonder if he has any liking for Eric other than funding a book project for him. To counter that, the black aspects of Clapton's life are covered well. And the section covering his son's death was as detailed as I've seen and emotionally gripping.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    I didn’t feel that the author liked Clapton very much and as a result it was hard to find any empathy for the man. Good musician but bit of a tosser. Certainly his entitled, emotionally immature relationship with women was awful. Here is the whole rock and roll lifestyle. Not an attractive picture.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Majority of the book's information is in other books or publications except for the last chapter. If you knew little or bits and pieces of Clapton's life it would be a good read. Majority of the book's information is in other books or publications except for the last chapter. If you knew little or bits and pieces of Clapton's life it would be a good read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nadia

    Magnific! Și absolut cutremurător! Aceste lucruri îmi vin în minte acum, la finalul acestei biografii. Clapton, pentru mine, e magnific, genial, e Dumnezeu pe Pământ din punct de vedere muzical. Dar povestea vieții lui e absolut cutremurătoare! Cu toate că încă nu i-am citit autobiografia, Paul Scott pare să fi făcut o treabă bună în privința surselor utilizate pentru scrierea acestei cărți, discutând cu multe alte persoane care au fost în preajma artistului pe parcursul vieții. Zic asta pentru Magnific! Și absolut cutremurător! Aceste lucruri îmi vin în minte acum, la finalul acestei biografii. Clapton, pentru mine, e magnific, genial, e Dumnezeu pe Pământ din punct de vedere muzical. Dar povestea vieții lui e absolut cutremurătoare! Cu toate că încă nu i-am citit autobiografia, Paul Scott pare să fi făcut o treabă bună în privința surselor utilizate pentru scrierea acestei cărți, discutând cu multe alte persoane care au fost în preajma artistului pe parcursul vieții. Zic asta pentru că îmi vine greu a crede că în urma cantității enorme de droguri și alcool consumate de Clapton de-a lungul vieții, acesta să mai aibă amintirile suficient de clare în ce-i privește propria viață. Ce e cu adevărat cutremurător pentru mine este, de fapt, cauza atâtor dependențe ce au marcat existența și destinul acestui om: aceea de a fi părăsit de mamă, și nu o dată - ci de două ori. Cu toate că a avut niște bunici iubitori care l-au crescut ca pe copilul lor, aceștia au încercat să umple golul lăsat de părinți în viața micului Eric cu obiecte - cadouri, ceea ce a reprezentat pentru el, din punctul meu de vedere, o influență la fel de negativă precum aceea de a fi părăsit de mama. Copilul a crescut crezând că nu merită să fie iubit, că oricum va fi părăsit și a pus mai mare preț pe lucruri decât pe oameni. Cu toate acestea, Eric rămâne o prezență de neegalat pe scena muzicii, iar faptul că a reușit să formeze în cele din urmă o familie normală poate fi o lecție de viață pentru cei care se află în situații similare. La urma urmei, pe noi - fanii - ne interesează, de fapt, rodul muncii sale. Şi pe Copilul nimănui trebuie să îl iubești cu atât mai mult, pentru că iubirea vindecă rănile sufletului. Încet, dar sigur. #ClaptonIsGod

  9. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm Frawley

    This book is way more revealing, perhaps unsurprisingly, than Clapton's own autobiography of a few years ago. And what it reveals is a man who, for much of his life, was a pretty nasty piece of work. Gifted with a talent that had tremendous currency as he came of age (had he been born 20 years earlier, or later, his career might not have happened) he never really had to grow up. Like many rock/ pop stars of that period he was indulged from his late teens & accrued wealth (in spite of several dry This book is way more revealing, perhaps unsurprisingly, than Clapton's own autobiography of a few years ago. And what it reveals is a man who, for much of his life, was a pretty nasty piece of work. Gifted with a talent that had tremendous currency as he came of age (had he been born 20 years earlier, or later, his career might not have happened) he never really had to grow up. Like many rock/ pop stars of that period he was indulged from his late teens & accrued wealth (in spite of several dry periods) that enabled him to indulge his every whim - including cars, watches, fishing. Which he did. He treated people who loved him, & he apparently 'loved', abominably at times & didn't find a meaningful family life until his 50s - long after his 4 year old son died so tragically. His relationship with Conor didn't really blossom until the very night before the child's death & he already had an older daughter he had not even acknowledged. It appears he finally found himself, & worked out how to be a husband & father, late in life but, for a lot of this book, I didn't like him at all. Which doesn't diminish his position in the rock pantheon. In Cream & Blind Faith particularly he made some fantastic music.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Max Gwynne

    WHAT A BOOK! Paul Scott has done an amazing job of charting a truly definitive biography of master English guitarist Eric Clapton. Clapton is without doubt one of my favourite musicians, and this biography really sheds the light on the man's life. From his childhood in the Guildford area, to his rise through Derek and the Dominos and Cream, to his relations with fellow great musicians such as George Harrison, Mick Jagger etc, to his many many love affairs, to his addictions and his overcoming th WHAT A BOOK! Paul Scott has done an amazing job of charting a truly definitive biography of master English guitarist Eric Clapton. Clapton is without doubt one of my favourite musicians, and this biography really sheds the light on the man's life. From his childhood in the Guildford area, to his rise through Derek and the Dominos and Cream, to his relations with fellow great musicians such as George Harrison, Mick Jagger etc, to his many many love affairs, to his addictions and his overcoming them, to his solo career this biography has it all. A gripping read indeed! Will read and re-read many many times! 'CLAPTON IS GOD!' "I'm not God" he (Eric) said almost despairingly, "I'm just a guitarist".

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barry Beaven

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When you start a review with the phrase, well researched, you know there is something missing from the book. I think it comes down to the impression that the writer does not like Clapton. I'm not sure that was the case before he started writing the book, even given a fascination for a subject why would you decide to biog someone you don't like? It must be remembered that Clapton the musician has never wanted to be anything else there is a lot of rationalisation of his actions and addictions which When you start a review with the phrase, well researched, you know there is something missing from the book. I think it comes down to the impression that the writer does not like Clapton. I'm not sure that was the case before he started writing the book, even given a fascination for a subject why would you decide to biog someone you don't like? It must be remembered that Clapton the musician has never wanted to be anything else there is a lot of rationalisation of his actions and addictions which end with a conclusion that blues are drawn from pain. Not sure that any blues fan will need to be told that. Interesting read but not engaging.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A book about a mother blaming, woman hating man written by another man that continues to enable this thinking. Neither the writer or subject have shown any insight into the bigger picture of Pat being born into a very religiously conservative patriarchal system that stole babies from young women, and enforced the cutting off of ones emotions after the effect, let the effects of this severed attachment on the child. All the wounds of patriarchy. What hope did Pat have of ever being a loving mothe A book about a mother blaming, woman hating man written by another man that continues to enable this thinking. Neither the writer or subject have shown any insight into the bigger picture of Pat being born into a very religiously conservative patriarchal system that stole babies from young women, and enforced the cutting off of ones emotions after the effect, let the effects of this severed attachment on the child. All the wounds of patriarchy. What hope did Pat have of ever being a loving mother to Eric and what hope did Eric ever have of overcoming his attachment needs or seeing things differently? A very disappointing book set to blame Eric’s life on his mother.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Filip Konrad

    1st star for complete coverage of Clapton life since birth to 2015 2nd star because its Eric Clapton and I wanted to know about his life's journey NO 3rd star because of poorly written storyline and narative - it was very boring to read at times and I actually had to skip a few parts NO 4th star - very few personal thoughts from Eric on his life and feeling, its a book that just connects the dots within the time frame like police report with very few quotes NO 5th star because it is a life story tha 1st star for complete coverage of Clapton life since birth to 2015 2nd star because its Eric Clapton and I wanted to know about his life's journey NO 3rd star because of poorly written storyline and narative - it was very boring to read at times and I actually had to skip a few parts NO 4th star - very few personal thoughts from Eric on his life and feeling, its a book that just connects the dots within the time frame like police report with very few quotes NO 5th star because it is a life story that should go deeper and uncover much more intimate and delicate insights

  14. 5 out of 5

    Josef Horký

    Pořád si myslím, že autobiografie jsou většinově mnohem lepší, než když někdo povídá o někom. Ale Scott sebral dost materiálu skrze rozhovory, něco si vypůjčil právě z autobiografie Claptona a rozepsal se docela dobře. Až moc se na můj vkus soustředí na to, kolikáté bylo které album v prodejnosti a kolik Eric utratil za obrazy, drogy a štětky, ale proč ne. I tak jsem toho o Claptonovi zjistil mnoho nového, našel jsem spoustu tipů na další hudbu... a o tom to je.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kamil Świątkowski

    Maybe it's just my love for biographies or maybe it's Scott's gift, but it was a sheer nice read. Although it wasn't that clear with emotions - author was honest to the extent of criticising Clapton for his behaviour and life's choices. and yet - his music is anything he needs to be thought of better. I loved it even though I knew of most of Clapton's history. Never before, however, was it served in that manner. Shocking, emotional and honest. That's the blues... Maybe it's just my love for biographies or maybe it's Scott's gift, but it was a sheer nice read. Although it wasn't that clear with emotions - author was honest to the extent of criticising Clapton for his behaviour and life's choices. and yet - his music is anything he needs to be thought of better. I loved it even though I knew of most of Clapton's history. Never before, however, was it served in that manner. Shocking, emotional and honest. That's the blues...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Geoff Sheehan

    Very good book, a good read. :) I have the Clapton Autobiography and this book gives a slightly different take on a few things, as well as adding some events. It also brings us up to 2015, though with not as much detail as the earlier times. Some nice photos as well. I'm pleased to have this book on the shelf. Very good book, a good read. :) I have the Clapton Autobiography and this book gives a slightly different take on a few things, as well as adding some events. It also brings us up to 2015, though with not as much detail as the earlier times. Some nice photos as well. I'm pleased to have this book on the shelf.

  17. 5 out of 5

    John

    Interesting but mainly derivative.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ian Langan

  19. 4 out of 5

    Otto Kwakkenbos

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maurice Leblanc

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maria-Cristina Dițu

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrei

  24. 5 out of 5

    ALAN CANNING

  25. 4 out of 5

    Justyna Orlikowska

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sam Fickling

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rae Perry

  28. 4 out of 5

    Helen Wilson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Editura Publica

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lim Stanley

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