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Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (2017)

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A look at the life and work of guitarist Eric Clapton, told by those who have known him best, including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and George Harrison.


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Credited cast:
Eric Clapton ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Duane Allman ... Himself (archive footage)
Ginger Baker ... Himself (archive footage)
Chuck Berry ... Himself (archive footage)
Pattie Boyd ... Herself (archive footage)
Jack Bruce ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Dowd Tom Dowd ... Himself (archive footage)
Chris Dreja ... Himself
Bob Dylan ... Himself (archive footage)
Ahmet Ertegun ... Himself (archive footage)
Hughie Flint Hughie Flint ... Himself
Aretha Franklin ... Herself (archive footage)
Richard Goldstein Richard Goldstein ... Himself
Jim Gordon ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Graham ... Himself (archive footage)


A look at the life and work of guitarist Eric Clapton, told by those who have known him best, including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and George Harrison.

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He loved The Blues, then he lived them. See more »


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24 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Ahmet Ertegun's name on captions is misspelled throughout the film. See more »


Interview clip identified as Paul McCartney's voice was actually George Harrison's. See more »


Steppin' Out
Performed by John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Operations
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Adequate, but nothing revelatory for long time fans.
15 February 2018 | by vanessastonefoxSee all my reviews

I didn't learn anything new from this documentary. It also seemed longer than it actually was, which is not a good thing.

Delaney & Bonnie & Friends aren't even mentioned. This is criminal since Eric is supposedly telling his own story. The legendary Derek & the Dominos were all members of that band and that's how they met. Delaney Bramlett produced Clapton's first solo album which begat the Dominos and the All Things Must Pass sessions.

Delaney & Bonnie opened for Blind Faith on their summer 1969 US Tour. Clapton liked what he saw. He was disgusted with the direction of both Cream and Blind Faith. He hopped on the more rootsy Delaney & Bonnie & Friends bandwagon for tours of Europe and the US in 1969-1970. Delaney & Bonnie were the frickin' catalyst to his new direction. Clapton and the film makers didn't even take the time to mention them once. That is an insult.

I don't recall J.J. Cale mentioned in the documentary either. Weird since Clapton copped Cale's whole vibe in the 1970's.

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