Director: Lili Fini Zanuck
This seems to be the season for guitar greats to release documentaries of their life stories. Following on from the recent Jeff Beck release, it’s now the turn of Eric Clapton to step into the confessional. This film covers the numerous highs and lows of his personal and professional life, and as we all know, the highs were very high (Cream, Derek and The Dominoes) and the lows were very low (drink, drugs, loss of his young son). Clapton is nothing if not resilient though, and he unfailingly gets himself up off the canvas, admittedly sometimes quicker than others, and picks up the pieces of his career. This is a far more personal film than the Beck effort, as Clapton speaks frankly and sometimes movingly about his life, augmented with recollections and anecdotes from friends and family, aspects that were sadly missing from the Beck film. Of course, everything that you’d expect from his musical career is covered too, from his early days on the British blues scene into the Cream and Derek eras and on to his long solo career, illustrated with interviews and performance footage with colleagues and collaborators. These stories though are pretty well known by now, and it’s the more private stuff that is more interesting here, covering his descent into and recovery from his personal demons. There’s also an extra feature of a captivating twenty odd minute interview with Clapton and the film’s director conducted by Jools Holland, which is well worth your time. Overall, a very interesting and watchable film about one of life’s survivors and one of the most talented guitarists Britain has ever produced..
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
Rockumentaries, the Jeff Beck DVD.