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Re: OT: Eric Clapton Documentary 'A Life in 12 Bars'
Posted by: Cristiano Radtke ()
Date: January 11, 2018 16:36

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars review – absorbing tribute to the blues legend

Lili Fini Zanuck’s painstaking account of the guitarist’s life ranges from his traumatic childhood through his battle with drugs and a racist outburst in the 70s to the tragic loss of his infant son



Peter Bradshaw
Wed 10 Jan ‘18 15.00 GMT

This long, patient documentary about the life and music of Eric Clapton often feels like a transcription of Job’s sufferings. Brought up in Surrey by a woman whom he finally discovered to be his grandmother, the teenage Clapton finally met his actual mother who had gone to Canada and who casually and devastatingly rejected him all over again.

His brilliance at the blues guitar made him a legend. But the great love of his life involved heartbreak and – perhaps almost as painfully – the infringement of the “bro code” of guitarists. He fell passionately for the beautiful Pattie Boyd, wife of his friend George Harrison. She at first chose Harrison over him, but then married Clapton, who was by the 1970s descending into alcoholism, drug addiction and depression. There’s a poignant moment where he appears to wonder if his greatest work was with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, way back in the 60s. (Maybe.)

The film suggests the drinking accounts for his stupid pro-Enoch outburst in 1976 – though tactfully refrains from quoting it directly – yet also suggests that there was something aggressive and self-destructive in the music itself. (I was reminded of Nick Hornby’s conundrum in High Fidelity: “What came first, the music or the misery?”) And then, just as Clapton was beginning to turn his life around, his infant son Connor died in a tragic accident in 1991. It is almost unbelievable that Clapton found peace and sobriety after this, but he did. It’s an absorbing tribute.

[www.theguardian.com]

Re: OT: Eric Clapton Documentary 'A Life in 12 Bars'
Posted by: Cristiano Radtke ()
Date: January 12, 2018 16:44


Re: OT: Eric Clapton Documentary 'A Life in 12 Bars'
Posted by: oldschool ()
Date: January 12, 2018 21:16

Clapton is a legend but his health is starting to fail him so who knows how much longer he will be able to play live.

[www.cnn.com]


I hope to get to see him at least one more time before he stops touring even if he is not on top of his game any longer.

Re: OT: Eric Clapton Documentary 'A Life in 12 Bars'
Posted by: Hairball ()
Date: January 12, 2018 21:29

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Clapton is a legend but his health is starting to fail him so who knows how much longer he will be able to play live.

[www.cnn.com]


I hope to get to see him at least one more time before he stops touring even if he is not on top of his game any longer.

Sad.

"I mean, I'm going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work," he said.
"I mean, I'm hoping that people will come along and see me just because,
or maybe more than because I'm a curiosity. It's amazing to myself that I'm still here."

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Re: OT: Eric Clapton Documentary 'A Life in 12 Bars'
Posted by: gotdablouse ()
Date: January 19, 2018 19:35

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I am looking forward to seeing this on Showtime Network
looked for a date, none I could find as of yet.

Saturday night Feb 10

Thanks, I was wondering about that as well since a release date of 24/11/2017 is shown on various movie sites, some kind of "premiere" maybe ?

Showtime page : [www.sho.com]

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