Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013
Eric Clapton is among the most widely known blues artists to ever strum soul-stirring lick on his guitar. With chart-topping, award-winning hits like “Tears in Heaven,” and “Layla.” Being ranked second on The Rolling Stones list of 100 Greatest Guitarist of perpetuity and fourth on Gibson’s list of Top 50 Guitarist.
Eric Clapton first got in the realm of worldwide fame as a member of the member of the Yardbirds, a three-maned group of individuals that would all go on to be recognized as guitar greats. Prior to this, his matured as a quiet, but smart English kid talented in art and music. His skills were so highly respected that he was able to go to the Kingston college of Art. This was brief, however, as Clapton would eventually be expelled using class time for guitar playing rather than as it was planned to be invested dealing with designs for stained-glass projects. Maybe it was fate, for during this time Clapton was able to spend a substantial quantity of time checking out blues.
After being presented to the blues by African-American soldiers stationed in Europe during the second World War, Britain began to develop its own Blues sub-culture. By the early 1960’s what was once an obscure subculture had reached the mainstream as was dominating radio, clubs and affecting would be musicians such as the young Clapton. No longer in school, Eric Clapton was able to invest his days working a blue collar gig and invest his nights sitting in with different small-time Blues acts. This culture that birthed such notable function as The Who and The Rolling Stones also released the careers of the Yardbirds.
Eric Clapton “Slowhand”.
Success with the Yardbirds was almost immediate. With live performances with the group, Clapton was able to take what would be his recognizable hallmark on the guitar. By gradually bending the strings with such force and period that he might distort the pitch of the note to heightened, slow cry. A method that often resulted in the breaking of guitar strings that he would replace live on phase as the audience slowly clapped, from this he made the moniker “Slowhand.” The group went on to accomplish, what would quite possibly be its biggest Clapton-Era success, the release of “For Your Love.” With success came controversy within the group. Clapton a blues purist decided to part was with the group as they planninged to relocate tandem with acts that would make up the British Invasion” of internationally popular industrial rock and pop acts.
Upon leaving the Yardbirds, Clapton continued to acquire notoriety with a stint with the Bluesbreakers and with a personal fan base that had reached such a level that a now famous graffiti artist stretched the Islington Underground with the spray-painted words, “Clapton is God.” In spite of his growing fame, he would find direct completion from the success of acts coming out of the United States, primarily the fantastic Jimi Hendrix. Clapton had actually simply signed up with the British supergroup, Cream and at a performance, they were signed up with by none other than Hendrix himself. The experience left a long lasting impression on Clapton and shaped Cream’s new instructions as a more jazz-influenced, psychedelic band with improvisation weaved into efficiencies and recordings. It was a success. They would go on to tape “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Crossroads,” and “White Room”.
Soon as with lots of rock bands, particularly of the “extracurricular relations” the 1960s and 70s, drugs and alcohol took their toll on the group and Clapton in particular. Although he would continue to write, record and perform he began to have problem with dependency and relationship struggles. At the same time with a landmark solo efficiency on The Beatle’s George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and the release of what is extensively considered his greatest work, “Layla,” Clapton was slowly withdrawing from the general public limelight.” Clapton would invest the next couple of years coming in and from the public eye. Sometimes emerging and subtle trips along with B.B. King, Tina Turner, The Who, Stevie Ray Vaughn and others and then pulling away to obscurity where he continued to fight addiction and personal tragedy. In the 90’s he experienced among the best catastrophes of his life, the unintentional death of his four-year-old kid. While in a New York city house the young boy had actually fallen from the window of a 53 story building. It sought this dreadful accident that he launched one of his most widely known songs, “Tears in Heaven” on the Rush soundtrack.
Clapton has continued to write, record and perform while preserving a very private personal life. It wasn’t until recently that it was revealed that he has been fighting peripheral neuropathy. It is a nerve-damaging disease connected to alcoholism that causes intense discomfort throughout the body when such tasks as guitar playing are tried. In an interview, he discusses his condition in addition to the possible it has to end his music career.
The numerous tragedies that Eric Clapton has had to endure together with focus he has placed on combating addiction, may have enabled a bit more focus on be drawn to other acts that remained in the public eye throughout their career. Nevertheless, couple of musicians have attained the level of expert success that he has. The winner of multiple Grammys, BRIT awards, AMAs, Billboard awards. Three-time Hall of Fame conscript. Recognition as one of the greatest guitar player to ever grace the stage. A variety of chart-topping singles as well as gold and platinum albums. Eric Clapton is and will always be among the best Blues artists of all time.