Clapton is very open in telling the story of his life.
"Early in my childhood, when I was about six or seven, I began to get the feeling
that there was something different about me."
His mother was not married when he was born, and she was unable to raise him. His grandparents became his parents and he believed that Pat, his mother, was actually his sister. His grandparents adored and spoiled him, but he knew that something was amiss. When he was nine, Pat came to visit. By then he was aware that she was his true mother and asked her if he could call her mom.
"I think it's best, after all they've done for you, that you go on calling your grand-
parents Mum and Dad."
Although she said it kindly, he still felt rejected. It was difficult for him to understand the dynamics of his family.
Rose, his Mum, loved music and encouraged his interest in it. It was in music that he found peace. As he talks about his career, we realize what music means to him. It could not save him from his addictions though, and he bluntly discusses them. He also discusses the women in his life and his mistreatment of them. Even his obvious true love, Pattie Boyd, would have probably been better off having never met him.
The book is interesting and informative but far from a light celebrity read. If you have any interest in Eric Clapton or the drug fueled music of those days, this book is a good choice. If you are looking for some fun and gossipy little stories, this will disappoint.
Publisher - Three Rivers Press
Date of Publication - October 9, 2007