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A Life of Unfortunate Events: Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton has had one of the worst series of personal stories that I have ever heard of. Indeed, I believe the proper term here would not be FML, but FCL. Here are some choice examples:

Jimi Hendrix

It is a well known fact that guitar gods Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix were good friends. Indeed, according to Eric Clapton’s biography, when they were in New York together, they would often drop by clubs and jam with the musicians there, which I believe is code for “terrorize the crap out of the mortals’. Imagine if you were a new young musician trying to make a living in New York, and Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix show up to your first gig with guitars and rock the hell out of your audience. How would you feel?

Anyway, Eric Clapton felt like Jimi Hendrix was a brother to him, and one day after he finished recording Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, he was walking by a guitar shop and saw a left-handed Fender Stratocaster. You see, Jimi Hendrix was a left-handed guitarist, but he played his Stratocaster upside-down, since they didn’t usually make left-handed guitars. So Clapton decided to buy the guitar for him as a gift, cause it’s a nice thing to do. The very next day, Jimi Hendrix was found dead in a basement apartment in London. He didn’t even have the chance to give him the guitar. FCL. Continue reading

Album: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

Presumably how Clapton saw Pattie Boyd

Presumably how Clapton saw Pattie Boyd

One of my favorite albums of all time, Derek & the Dominos’ (Eric Clapton’s little side project with Duane Allman and company) “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” includes some of Clapton’s most famous songs, including Layla and Bellbottom Blues and a pretty interesting cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Little Wing. The album was composed and recorded during a particularly rough patch in Eric Clapton’s life (he actually had a lot of rough patches, too many for a mere mortal but not too many for Clapton) when he was consumed by a burning desire for Pattie Boyd, who just wasn’t really that into him. Why would any woman resist guitar god Eric Clapton? Well, for one thing, she was married to George Harrison. Yes, that George Harrison of the Fab Four. That’s the Beatles, for those of you not versed in pop culture. Continue reading