Eric Clapton is certainly an artist. But did you know Clapton studied at London’s Kingston College of Art to become a different kind of artist Think Picasso. Think Dali. Think Warhol.
Luckily, Clapton was tossed out of school at the end of the academic year because his focus remained on music, not art.
Their lose, our gain.
For the record: Clapton received an acoustic German-made Hoyer guitar for his thirteenth birthday, but the inexpensive steel-stringed instrument was so difficult to play that he lost interest. Briefly. Two years later Clapton picked it up again and started playing endlessly; he was so influenced by the blues that he practiced consistently, learning the chords of blues music by playing along to records. He preserved his practice sessions using his portable Grundig reel-to-reel tape recorder, listening to them over and over until he felt he’d got them right.
You know the rest and can always visit him and pay homage to the genius at his website, ericclapton.com.
This autumn, the rock legend will will earning lots of (do we sare?) Clap-ping. He’s coming to movie theaters’ big screens for a special event: ” Eric Clapton: Live at the Royal Albert Hall”. Recorded in may, 205, the concert/film celebrates his 70th birthday, 50 years in the music business and more than 200 performances at the iconic London venue that holds a special place in his heart.
Eric Clapton: Live at the Albert Hall will be, his rep promises, “an experience to remember as the film captures the raw intensity of this momentous night, from intimate beginnings to epic finale. Audiences will experience classic songs and fan favorites from throughout his career–from the Mississippi blues of Robert Johnson that originally inspired him, through Cream, Derek & the Dominos and the many highlights of Clapton’s long solo career. Clapton delivers a career-defining playlist that includes ‘Layla’, ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, ‘Tears in Heaven’, ‘Wonderful Tonight’ and many more.”
As well as the live performance, the theatrical event will also include a special featurette filmed exclusively for cinema audiences. Presented by Paul Gambaccini, it features interviews with renowned musicians Paul Carrack, Andy Fairweather Lowe and Chris Stainton.
“Eric Clapton: Live at the Albert Hall” hits theaters across Europe beginning September 14, 2015, with USA and further international release dates soon to be announced. Visit ericclaptonfilm.com for schedule informtion and to reserve tickets.