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Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars (2017)

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (original title)
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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.


Lili Fini Zanuck
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Credited cast:
Eric Clapton ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Duane Allman ... Self (archive footage)
Ginger Baker ... Self (archive footage)
Chuck Berry ... Self (archive footage)
Pattie Boyd ... Self (archive footage)
Jack Bruce ... Self (archive footage)
Tom Dowd Tom Dowd ... Self (archive footage)
Chris Dreja ... Self
Bob Dylan ... Self (archive footage)
Ahmet Ertegun ... Self (archive footage)
Hughie Flint Hughie Flint ... Self
Aretha Franklin ... Self (archive footage)
Richard Goldstein Richard Goldstein ... Self
Jim Gordon ... Self (archive footage)
Bill Graham ... Self (archive footage)
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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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Steppin' Out
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
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warts and all
2 January 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

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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