ERIC CLAPTON: New documentary is out this week
Life in 12 Bars, the Eric Clapton documentary, is out on home video this week. A soundtrack album is also now available.
The film, which he endorsed and cooperated on, premiered at film festivals and in theaters last year before going to Showtime in February.
The two-hour-15-minutes film covers his life, with an emphasis on his upbringing by his grandparents. Clapton grew up believing that his mother was his sister. It also delves into his heroin addiction and alcoholism, with clips of him being drunk and belligerent onstage.
The film includes his romance with George Harrison's wife, Pattie Boyd; his friendship with Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman; recording "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with The Beatles; and the accidental death of his four-year old son Conor in 1991.
Eric Clapton on the message he;d like his fans to take away after viewing his documentary, Life in 12 Bars. OC:...sense of responsibility. :17
"What is the legacy of this film, and it really is that we carry a message. I mean, the underlining theme for me was to show that from all of that mess that I could still come to be a reasonably well behaved human being with a sense of responsibility."
Life in 12 Bars is now available on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as digitally. An accompanying soundtrack is spread over two CDs and is also available digitally. A four-LP version will follow on July 20th. It contains 32 songs by The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos, The Beatles, George Harrison, Aretha Franklin, Muddy Waters and Clapton solo. Five of the tracks are previously unreleased, including a full-length recording of "I Shot the Sheriff" from the 461 Ocean Boulevard sessions.