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Danish Blues Power: Eric Clapton

Review and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

"WE WANT Buddy Holly!... I AM Buddy Holly!" ...

Eric Clapton: 24 Nights

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, January 1992

CORRECTION. Eric Clapton was God. ...

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Rolling Stones: The Greatest Show On Earth

Report by Keith Altham, NME, December 1968

THE ROLLING STONES put in some overtime last Wednesday when they spent 17 hours working on their telethon production of The Rock and Roll Circus ...

The Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1968

IT WAS a group fan's dream, when the giants of pop held a three hour jam session, while rehearsing for the Rolling Stones' Rock And ...

Delaney & Bonnie: Out Of The South Comes 'The Best Band In The World'

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1969

WHEN A TOP musician becomes an unpaid press and public relations man for a group, it can be fairly assumed that the group must have ...

Derek & Dominoes at the Capitol

Live Review by Jon Tiven, New Haven Rock Press, 1970

Hammer was the first group to meet the Clapton-hungry crowd at the Capitol. They're a second generation San Francisco band of a vocalist who sings ...

Eric Clapton: God is a Guitarist

Report and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 1970

GEORGE HARRISON sat with a painfully thin fellow in a motorway restaurant, a graveyard of the digestion outside London. ...

Eric Clapton: Another Crossroad

Interview by Keith Altham, Fusion, February 1970

MANY PEOPLE THINK that Eric Clapton is the best guitarist in the world. A veteran of the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Cream, all that ...

Howlin' Wolf: Wolf Gathers His Flock In London

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, May 1970

WHEN THE early 1960s gave birth to the R&B boom in Britain, it was artists like Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters ...

Eric Clapton: Eric Clapton

Review by Loyd Grossman, Fusion, September 1970

WHEN I HAVE to write something I mope. I mope and do other things. And I don't think about my topic. I only think about ...

Eric Clapton: Rock — A Dilemma

Essay by Michael Lydon, Fusion, March 1971

Michael Lydon views rock and roll as a space/time continuum, in which problems and, sometimes, solutions often arise. ...

George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar et al: Concert for Bangla Desh, Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Nancy Lewis, NME, August 1971

GEORGE CREATES GREATEST ROCK SPECTACLE OF DECADE ...

Eric Clapton & Pete Townshend: Go Get 'Em Eric

Interview by Bill Phillips, NME, January 1973

BILL PHILLIPS previews the CLAPTON comeback concert – and talks to PETE TOWNSHEND ...

Eric Clapton Comes Back

Live Review by John Pidgeon, Let It Rock, February 1973

THE NEWS THAT Pete Townshend had "formed an instant supergroup to back Eric Clapton when the guitarist makes his come-back at London's Rainbow Theatre on ...

Eric Clapton: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Cream, February 1973

SO THERE'S THIS cat in the white suit smiling diffidently through his beard at the cheering hordes on the other side of the lights. He's ...

Pete Townshend part1: The True Saga Of Clapton's Rainbow Gig

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1973

IF YOU TURN up at the famous Track office in Soho's historic Old Compton Street, you're sure of a big surprise – there's a glitzy ...

Eric Clapton: King Of The Blues Guitar

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1973

WHO IS THIS man Eric Clapton, of whom they speak so highly? Is he the world's greatest guitarist? Is he now a victim of rock ...

Eric Clapton: Rainbow Concert

Review by Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, October 1973

In a form in which individual instrumental feats are often self-indulgent and superfluous, Eric Clapton's music remains an anomaly. His greatest guitar playing has been ...

Eric Clapton at the China Garden

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1974

A TURN UP for the books, and as it transpired, a turn up for the stomachs, when Eric Clapton announced his return to active service ...

The Rolling Stone Interview: Eric Clapton

Interview by Steve Turner, Rolling Stone, July 1974

LONDON — Robert Stigwood, his manager, put it about as simply and as playfully as it could be put, after a celebration party in April: ...

Eric Clapton: A Hero Comes To Town

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1974

PITTSBURGH, PA. – The tint on the TV screen gave the newscaster a peculiarly reddish face, almost as if he was genuinely quite excited about ...

Yvonne Elliman

Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, August 1974

How come a lady who'd never played rock music in her life has recently been doing so with RSO record star Eric Clapton? ...

Eric Clapton: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Steve Turner, NME, December 1974

THURSDAY NIGHT marked the final gig in the third of Eric Clapton's post-hibernation tours and in conjunction with the Wednesday night concert, the first time ...

Eric Clapton: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1974

Clapton duels with Wood ...

Eric Clapton: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by John Tobler, ZigZag, January 1975

IT'S ABOUT half past eight, the lights go down, the curtains go up, and we can all see a dimly lit stage, with the drums ...

Eric Clapton: There's One In Every Crowd

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, May 1975

IT NEVER CEASES to amaze me – the sycophantic lengths so many "critics" go to in hyping the fashionable superstars' records. ...

Eric Clapton: There's One In Every Crowd (RSO)

Review by Idris Walters, Let It Rock, May 1975

Acupuncture is healing by means of the manipulation of energy centres on the surface of the body. Patti Boyd used to hang out with George ...

Eric Clapton: There's One In Every Crowd

Review by Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, May 1975

Eric Clapton's sense of well-being is reiterated on There's One in Every Crowd, but on this album it seems less a cause for joy than ...

They All Tried To Play Reggae

Overview by Idris Walters, Sounds, May 1975

...but can white rock and rollers sing the palm tree? wonders IDRIS WALTERS ...

Eric Clapton: EC Was Here (RSO)

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, August 1975

"THE LIVE album," said long time Clapton producer Tom Dowd, "is the answer to everyone saying 'why doesn't Eric play more'?" ...

Eric Clapton: E.C. Was Here

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1975

HOWEVER ERIC CLAPTON spent his couple of years in isolation from the world, he returned to active performing refreshed and revitalised. ...

Eric Clapton: There's One In Every Crowd

Review by John Tobler, ZigZag, September 1975

A NEW CLAPTON album is a treat at any time, and this is no exception to that personal rule. ...

Eric Clapton: E.C. Was Here

Review by Wayne Robins, Creem, November 1975

I HAVE NEVER knelt at the altar of Eric Clapton's guitar prowess. That is, the endless arguments about who possesses the most virtuoso fingers in ...

Eric Clapton: Please Take This Badge Off Of Me

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Crawdaddy!, November 1975

Trying to transcend the past, Eric Clapton puts reggae on the laidback burner and rediscovers electricity ...

Eric Clapton: E.C. Was Here

Review by Bud Scoppa, Circus Raves, December 1975

ALTHOUGH ULTIMATELY hopeful, Eric Clapton's greatest records – the towering Layla and the intimate 461 Ocean Boulevard – are liberally laced with sorrow and pain. ...

Eric Clapton: EC Was Here

Review by John Tobler, ZigZag, January 1976

TWO THINGS occur to me. Firstly, if I continue to review every Clapton album and concert, maybe one day I'll get the interview. Join me ...

The Crystal Palace Garden Party: E.C. Was Here…But Coryell Was Better

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1976

THERE IS an aura of faded grace and decaying dignity about Crystal Palace, set upon the heights of Norwood in South London. Perhaps it stems ...

Eric Clapton: No Reason To Cry (RSO)

Review by Bud Scoppa, Phonograph Record, October 1976

When Clapton’s good, he’s as good as they get — Layla stays in the "play" pile in every collection I have access to, Disraeli Gears ...

Eric Clapton: Farther On Up The Road

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, October 1976

DROUGHT? What drought? The green green grass of Surrey looks so healthy you'd think the local farmers had been secretly pumping chlorophyl injections into the ...

The Band's "Last Waltz": Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Stephen M H Braitman, Phonograph Record, December 1976

WHEN THE announcement came, 5,000 tickets at $25 each were sold out almost immediately. This was the final show, "The Last Waltz." The Band — ...

Eric Clapton: Any Objections?

Interview by Barbara Charone, Creem, February 1977

If home is where the heart is, then Eric Clapton hides his emotions inside a sprawling countryside retreat aptly named Hurtwood Edge. The name of ...

Eric Clapton: Give Me Strength

Interview by Steve Turner, Sounds, February 1977

Meg and George Patterson's cure for heroin addiction ...

Eric Clapton: Clapton God Again

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, May 1977

Eric Clapton/Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

Eric Clapton: The Bullring, Ibiza

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, August 1977

IBIZA IS A VERY LONG way from the high pressure world of first division rock and roll. From the ancient Spanish women shrouded in all-concealing ...

Eric Clapton: Santa Monica Civic, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1978

IN A GESTURE distinctly un God-like, Eric Clapton spurned the arena-sized venues of his last few tours to favour 6,000 Los Angelenos in a two-night ...

Eric Clapton: Return Of The Reluctant Hero

Interview by John Pidgeon, Creem, April 1978

THERE WAS once a movie actor who, having made his name as a heavy, took to playing the romantic lead. But no matter how often ...

Blackbushe Festival - Nice To See Ya, Bob

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1978

...OR RATHER, IT would have been, but at least we heard him and that made the hassles worthwhile, reports our survivor of the million dollar ...

Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1978

THE OLD Testament followed by the New (also written some while ago you will recall). For once there was hardly a vacant seat by half ...

Eric Clapton: The Lost Weekend

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1978

THE ERIC CLAPTON MOVIE – LOCATION: A darkened Glasgow street, swept by freezing wind. TIME: Friday night, just after the Burns Howf has closed. ...

Eric Clapton: Portrait Of The Artist As A Working Man

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1978

IT HAS OFTEN been said that one of Eric Clapton's major problems over the years has been to find his own identity, a role in ...

Clapton: Driving Sideways Again

Live Review by Steve Turner, Melody Maker, October 1979

DEAR Eric, On Sunday I came up to Staffordshire to see your warm-up concert with the new band. When you came out dressed in that ...

Eric Clapton: Farther Up The Road

Interview by John Hutchinson, Musician, May 1982

FEW MUSICIANS have been more misunderstood, more overburdened with great expectations and more erroneously worshipped than Eric Clapton. ...

Eric Clapton: Timepieces

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1982

IN A SENSE, it doesn't really matter whether one thinks of Eric Clapton as the man whose pioneering plagiarism helped black artists ranging from B.B. ...

Eric Clapton

Book Excerpt by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, The Guitar Greats, BBC publications, 1983

Out of the long list of potential candidates for this book, very few names were obvious and automatic choices, but one certainty for inclusion was ...

Eric Clapton: Live At Wembley

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1984

ONE HAS ALWAYS suspected that Eric Clapton's worst enemy was his own reputation. Few people live with – much less live up to – the ...

Can Blue Boys Play The Whites Revisited?

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, March 1985

ANYONE WHO TAKES the crapped-out lethargy of his recent output as proof positive that Eric Clapton never played a worth while lick in his life ...

Eric Clapton: Behind The Sun

Review by Deborah Frost, Rolling Stone, April 1985

Nobody ever said it was easy being God. Nobody ever said it was a gig Eric Clapton even asked for. The man has spent most ...

Eric Clapton: Journeyman

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, December 1989

A CERTAIN self-deprecating irony is evident in the title of Eric Clapton's latest: a journeyman is certainly what he has become in his post-God years. ...

Eric Suits Himself: Clapton At Birmingham NEC Arena

Live Review by Michael Gray, Times, The, 1990

ERIC CLAPTON IS a complex man – or, expressed in the terms his image encourages, he's an odd bloke, old Eric. ...

Eric Clapton: The Solo Artist

Interview by Robert Sandall, Q, January 1990

Quietly reinvented, curiously coiffeured, steadfastly single, and with an unprecedented 18 sold-out shows at the Albert Hall, Eric Clapton enters the '90s more a battered ...

Eric Clapton: Great Western Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Steven P. Wheeler, Music Connection, April 1990

OKAY, SO Eric Clapton isn't God. But try to convince the millions of six-stringers around the world who have tried and are still trying to ...

Lunching with the Elder Statesmen of Charity Rock: The Nordoff-Robbins Concert, Knebworth

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, July 1990

WHEN QUINCY JONES gathered together his USA For Africa superstars to record 'We are the World' five years ago, he pinned a sign outside the ...

Knebworth 90: The Billion Dollar Buskers

Live Review by Mat Snow, Q, August 1990

IN DAYS OF yore, the elders tell, the grassy slopes of Knebworth would resound to the pagan strains of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers and ...

Ray Cooper: Who Are Those Blokes Up There With Ray?

Profile and Interview by Robert Sandall, Q, October 1990

Wherever stellar rockular personages gather together he's there at the back, shiny of pate and blurred of hand. But who is this Bongo Basher By ...

Eric Clapton: Blues God Without An Axe To Grind

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, February 1991

WHEN THAT crazed blues fanatic scrawled the words "CLAPTON IS GOD" on a London wall in 1966, he ushered in the cult of the guitar ...

The Odyssey: The Making Of Eric Clapton

Retrospective and Interview by Harry Shapiro, MOJO, March 1994

Of all the legends of the land of Greece, few are as epic and ill-starred as the tale of Eric Clapton, his five mates and ...

That's Another Fine Messiah You've Got Me Into

Comment by Johnny Cigarettes, NME, April 1996

John Lennon thought The Beatles were bigger than IT, some people think Elvis is/was IT and Michael Jackson seems to think he is IT. So ...

Eric Clapton: Pilgrim

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 1998

WHITE GUYS from the '60s R&B generation don't get the same latitude as black "originals" to spend their last 20 or 30 years nestling back ...

Talkin' 'Bout A Spoonful: Hubert Sumlin, Eric Clapton and the evolution of blues guitar

Essay by Adam Blake, Cosmik Debris, February 2004

FOR THE RECORD, I would like to state that my favourite bluesmen are Sonny Boy (Aleck 'Rice' Miller) Williamson and Professor Longhair, neither of whom ...

Eric Clapton Turns 59

Profile by Tom Watson, Strat Collector, March 2004

I see myself as kind of being like a lone guy on a quest.– Eric Clapton1 ...

Eric Clapton: From Sex and Drugs to Domestic Bliss

Interview by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, August 2005

It's day four of Eric Clapton's week off from paternal duties, and the born-again family man doesn't know what to do with himself. On Monday ...

Eric Clapton

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, November 2005

IT OUGHT TO BE disconcerting that the toilet door is faulty and swings open of it's own accord catching MOJO in flagrante about to take ...

EC Is PC: Eric Clapton at the Royal Albert Hall, 25 May 2006

Live Review by Richard English, Rock's Backpages, May 2006

ON A SUNNY SPRING evening Eric Clapton gave his sixth of seven gigs at the Royal Albert Hall, the "nation's village hall" as Queen Victoria ...

The Eye That Sees Aright: Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Richard English, Rock's Backpages, May 2010

IT'S RARE THAT ONE mixes Aristotle with rock, but it was impossible to ignore a giant eye rolling on the back projection screen during 'Voodoo ...

Got Dem Ol' Home Counties Blues Again, Mama: How the Surrey Delta shaped British rock from the early Stones to Led Zeppelin

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, September 2012

RIPLEY... EPSOM... WALLINGTON. The names hardly resonate in the way that Clarksdale or Greenville or Natchez do. Yet in their way these Surrey towns are ...

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