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Performed by Eric Clapton and The Powerhouse
Written by James Bracken
Published by Tristan Music Ltd
Administered by Hornall Brothers Music Ltd., a BMG Company.
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd See more »
warts and all
This is a biopic of the legendary guitarist singer Eric Clapton. Is he truly God or just a troubled introvert guitar genius? He grew up believing his mother was his older sister. He didn't know his Canadian soldier father who went home after the war. He grew up obsessively playing his guitar to blues music. He played along with many of the big names and well known by his peers eventually gaining popularity as part of Cream. He becomes obsessed with George Harrison's wife Pattie Boyd. In the aftermath comes Layla. With heroin and alcohol addiction, his career rolls along and his messy personal life continues. He would marry Pattie, abuse her, and consistently cheated on her. He has a son with Lory Del Santo whose tragic death in 1991 leads to his iconic song.
I don't really know much about his personal history other than Tears in Heaven before this documentary. I knew he's a respected guitar genius with past drug issues like everybody else in rock. What comes through is his shyness, his obsessive nature, and his demons. Certainly, this movie has his approval and cooperation. Nevertheless, it is unflinching in telling his story. It's his story, warts and all. Is there a good biopic of his life? I had no illusions about the man before watching this. I expected a troubled life but this is even more destructive. I've always thought Tears in Heaven is a beautiful song but seeing the boy's face really elevates the sadness. Casual fans may not like it but it's the ugly truth. There is salvation and redemption, no matter the regrets.
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