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Eric Clapton

Data de nascimento: 30. Março 1945

Eric Patrick Clapton CBE é um guitarrista, cantor e compositor britânico nascido em Inglaterra. Apelidado de Slowhand, é considerado um dos melhores guitarristas da história do Rock.

Embora o seu estilo musical tenha variado ao longo de sua carreira, Clapton sempre teve as suas raízes ligadas ao blues. Clapton foi considerado inovador pelos críticos em várias fases distintas de sua carreira, atingindo sucesso tanto de crítica quanto de público e tendo várias canções listadas entre as mais populares de todos os tempos, tais como "Layla", "Wonderful Tonight" e a regravação de "I Shot the Sheriff", de Bob Marley.

Em 2004 foi condecorado com o título de Comandante da Ordem do Império Britânico .


„A única educação musical que tive foi descobrir sobre o blues. Quer dizer, eu queria saber tudo.“

„For me there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall.“


„I found my God in music and the arts, with writers like Hermann Hesse, and musicians like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Walter. In some way, in some form, my God was always there, but now I have learned to talk to him.“

„Like a fool, I fell in love with you,
Turned my whole world upside down“

„Musically, he was like an old man in a boy's skin.“

„If you hand me a guitar, I'll play the blues. That's the place I automatically go.“

„At first the music almost repelled me, it was so intense, and this man made no attempt to sugarcoat what he was trying to say, or play. It was hard-core, more than anything I had ever heard. After a few listenings I realized that, on some level, I had found the master, and that following this man's example would be my life's work.“

„Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven
Will it be the same
If I saw you in heaven
I must be strong, and carry on
Cause I know I don't belong
Here in heaven

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven
I'll find my way, through night and day
Cause I know I just can't stay
Here in heaven“


„the thing about pessimism is that in most cases it's nothing more than a front behind which a body can hide its most sweetful yet painful hopes. please forgive mine.“

„I have always been resistant to doctrine, and any spirituality I had experienced thus far in my life had been much more abstract and not aligned with any recognized religion. For me, the most trustworthy vehicle for spirituality had always proven to be music. It cannot be manipulated, or politicized, and when it is, that becomes immediately obvious.“

„I never set myself too high a goal. It was always tone and feeling, for me.“

„I am and always will be a blues guitarist“


„My definition of Blues is that it's a musical form which is very disciplined and structured coupled with a state of mind, and you can have either of those things but it's the two together that make it what it is. And you need to be a student for one, and a human being for the other, but those things alone don't do it.“

„La tournée terminée, Tom et Roger pensèrent qu'après le succès de I Shot The Sheriff, ce serait bien de descendre dans les Caraïbes pour continuer sur le thème du reggae. Ils organisèrent un voyage en Jamaïque, où ils jugeaient qu'on pourrait fouiner un peu et puiser dans l'influence roots avant d'enregistrer. Tom croyait fermement au bienfait d'exploiter cette source, et je n'avais rien contre puisque ça voulait dire que Pattie et moi aurions une sorte de lune de miel. Kingston était une ville où il était fantastique de travailler. On entendant de la musique partout où on allait. Tout le monde chantait tout le temps, même les femmes de ménage à l'hotel. Ce rythme me rentrait vraiment dans le sang, mais enregistrer avec les Jamaïcains était une autre paire de manches.

Je ne pouvais vraiment pas tenir le rythme de leur consommation de ganja, qui était énorme. Si j'avais essayé de fumer autant ou aussi souvent, je serais tombé dans les pommes ou j'aurais eu des hallucinations. On travaillait aux Dynamic Sound Studios à Kingston. Des gens y entraient et sortaient sans arrêt, tirant sur d'énormes joints en forme de trompette, au point qu'il y avait tant de fumée dans la salle que je ne voyais pas qui était là ou pas. On composait deux chansons avec Peter Tosh qui, affalé sur une chaise, avait l'air inconscient la plupart du temps. Puis, soudain, il se levait et interprétait brillamment son rythme reggae à la pédale wah-wah, le temps d'une piste, puis retombait dans sa transe à la seconde où on s'arrêtait.“
Eric Clapton: The Autobiography

„Early in my childhood, when I was about six or seven, I began to get the feeling that there was something different about me.“ Clapton: The Autobiography

„Watching him, I understood for the first time how you could really live music, how you could listen to it completely and make it come alive, so that it was part of your life.“ Clapton: The Autobiography

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