Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars

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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 9005
    hootsmon said:
    Wots Eric's best album for guitar playin'...other than the Beano stuff?
    what @not_the_dj said, plus the live Cream recordings (esp. that version of Crossroads). I'm less keen on the studio stuff.
    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 368
    Just booked my ticket for tomorrow night!
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  • 57Deluxe57Deluxe Frets: 5798
    edited January 9
    recent interview on Radio 4

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05syfjs

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  • rlwrlw Frets: 1660
    Going to the bleedin' ballet tomorrow night. 
    Save a cow.  Eat a vegetarian.
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  • springheadspringhead Frets: 110
    I like a bit of ballet.  However I'm going to see the film tomorrow with a mate.  We've chosen the Odeon Covent Garden, partly because it used to be the Saville Theatre and Cream played there in '67 so seemed appropriate.  Jimi beat them to it the month before though when he opened with Sgt Pepper two days after the album was released and the Beatles were in the audience.  Balls of steel.

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  • rlwrlw Frets: 1660
    rlw said:
    Going to the bleedin' ballet tomorrow night. 
    And have just been offered a free ticket too :p
    Save a cow.  Eat a vegetarian.
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 18902
    Yep - I’m going to see the live stream of the Q&A at my local cinema tomorrow night....
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  • springheadspringhead Frets: 110
    Nice clip of Jimi!  I think that's the "Christmas on Earth continued" event that Marshall sponsored, December '67, hence the Marshall banner across the stage.  I supsect it was very loud and rather good.

    Back on Eric - here's a recent BBC interview.  He discusses the racist thing, amongst other more interesting stuff.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05syfjs
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  • not_the_djnot_the_dj Frets: 5622
    Well I thought that was great. Plenty I knew already, but still some extra details about his family and the timeline of the Patti relationship. 

    Interesting Q and A session as well, she made the right decision not having talking heads in the docu, and i’m glad they finally got the mic off that chap in the audience, nice sentiment but outstayed his welcome a bit there!
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 18902
    Well I thought that was great. Plenty I knew already, but still some extra details about his family and the timeline of the Patti relationship. 

    Interesting Q and A session as well, she made the right decision not having talking heads in the docu, and i’m glad they finally got the mic off that chap in the audience, nice sentiment but outstayed his welcome a bit there!

    The bit about the enforced hair cut and his guitar getting broken was very telling. 

    I agree about the questioner out-staying his welcome - however well-intentioned he may have been. What was also interesting, was how EC seemed incapable of taking his compliments. I doubt it was false modesty - he seemed genuinely uncomfortable.
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  • fretfinderfretfinder Frets: 2110
    Saw it this evening in Bournemouth. Brilliant film, very informative, very watchable and almost gripping at times, some sad bits, very honest overall and some great music clips. I am a big fan anyway but it kind of rekindled my interest, so it was inspiring as well I guess.
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  • RedRabbitRedRabbit Frets: 259
    I saw this on Wednesday as well as the Q&A afterwards.

    It's odd - I've read a couple of biographies before seeing this so there wasn't much new info there but the footage of him abusing alcohol and drugs and where he's obviously under the influence were eye opening.  I always knew he'd struggled with drugs but seeing it on screen really showed me just how much of a problem he did have.  I am genuinely amazed that he's still alive.

    In general I thought the film was great.  The music took a bit of a back seat to drugs and life post dominoes but given some of his out put during that period maybe that's not surprising.

    Clapton was the reason I started playing guitar and I think over the years I've kind of taken his playing for granted but hearing clips of the Bluesbreakers/Cream/Dominoes through the cinema's sound system really reminded me why he had such an impact on me when I was starting out.
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 368
    Interesting stuff!  Always enjoy learning about these guys and what really went on in their lives.  Somehow we read media interpretations to gain our understanding but more often than not they are weighted portrayals of the real person.

    Hearing the making of Layla was great and makes you apreciate a masterpiece that - for me - lost it's spark due to over play on the raido.  Also the influence of Skydog to aid the completion of the D&D album was cool.

    The drug taking scenes, the alcoholic stage outbursts and the racist stuff was pretty sobering.

    Definitely worth a watch. Looking forward to Hyde Park even more so now!

    Loved the doting pic with him and Jimi:

    Image result for hendrix and clapton
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  • Have just come back from the local cinema - it was really enjoyable & my wife liked it too which says it all!!
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  • I don't Care what he said I have followed him since I was 12(65) and he is a true artist !!! But any thing a Man says when drunk (and I have been also) he was thinking about before the 1st drink !!! 
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  • 57Deluxe57Deluxe Frets: 5798
    is available online for those with no local cinemas...
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  • JAYJOJAYJO Frets: 809
    Mezzamort said: any thing a Man says when drunk (and I have been also) he was thinking about before the 1st drink !!! 
     Dont know about that. Told lots of people i love them on new years eve and Blanked them on new years day because i had no intention of telling them i loved them in the first place.
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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3379
    Voxman said:
    I liked slowhand and backless too, 461 OB, from the cradle, and Journeyman.
    (WIS'd)

    Me too - the Waistcoat Years. I had Backless on vinyl and wore it out.

    The Collins' produced ones are of their time (late 80s early 90s), they're pretty good (because of Phillganes & East IMHO)

    I think he has dealt with the racist stuff, many times, and expressed regret.   He's just not made a stomach churning Blairite type apology
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 18902
    edited February 14
    I think the ‘EC’s a racist’ thing is just old news. He was a heroin addict - and an alcoholic - he’s neither of those things now. What the film shows is an intelligent man’s life descending into all manner of disarray - yet ultimately he triumphed.

    He spends a lot of his time - and money - trying to help others get sober. 

    Most of us have done things we’re not proud of - but the trick is to learn - and strive to do better....
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  • lukedlblukedlb Frets: 178
    Just finished watching the film. Very moving. I wish the film continued for another two hours. I mean this as a negative. The film carefully set up his life following the tragic loss of his son, only to race over the following 20 years. Whether the director or Clapton believed summing up the rest of his life in honour of his son Connor meant letting the music speak for itself and briefly his drug and alcohol clinic, was a little poor. I could address the same criticism to Clapton's autobiography that shied away from presenting the personal relationships around him as he went from drugs to alcohol to sobriety to dedicated workman. Glossing over those people around him and the loss of those people, Duane Allman, Stevie Ray Vaughan, JJ Cale, did them all a disservice. We never learnt what happened to the friendship with George.
    What this film at once displayed and failed at was the interest we have in the drama of human relationships. We can enjoy the anecdotes of Keith Richards' autobiography but what interests us most is Keith's relationship with the rest of the band. The same is true with Eric and the countless relationships he's had with people we know and personal friends he knew. Whatever happened to his early mentor? What times did he share with BB King, Buddy Guy, SRV? too many unanswered questions. 

    Still, the film does manage to present more sides to Clapton than were previously known through interviews and youtube. The anger and guilt he must carry would cripple any other man.

    I just finished reading the two volume coffee table book on SRV and watched the documentary that accompanies the first book until the meeting with Bowie and the Let's Dance tour. The second book takes you through the success and depths of drug and alcohol addiction and his 12 step recovery program before his untimely death. The confidence to present a 4 hour documentary would have suited the clapton one well too.

    In any case, I recommend the documentary to anyone interested in Clapton and the first half of his life.
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  • KylefKylef Frets: 614
    What format is this film on? DVD, Netflix or what? Choking to see it. 
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  • lukedlblukedlb Frets: 178
    Showtime so I think sky arts?
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  • KylefKylef Frets: 614
    edited February 15
    Edit: found it, can stream online.
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  • victorludorumvictorludorum Frets: 217
    Does anyone know if this is still on in London anywhere? I'm trying to find a good cinema listing site, but am struggling...
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  • uncledickuncledick Frets: 227
    I couldn't find it in any cinemas either.  Odd that they would make the thing and not release it.
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