Six String Stories by Eric Clapton – Musical News
08 January 2024 (published)
Here we have, straight from Eric Clapton himself, the stories of his most important guitars, and how they were used on albums, live in the studio, and what they meant to him. We have the stories of his early guitars, the Hoya and Kay he used in his first band, The Roosters, the guitars he played during his time in The Yardbirds, Blind Faith and throughout his career. .
We see the guitars that have featured on a single tour and the stories behind Blackie and Brownie, two of the most well-known guitars in his arsenal. Blackie was built by Clapton himself from the best pieces of three Stratocasters he bought inexpensively in the 1970s while touring Nashville. The guitar became his number one choice for stage and studio work, accumulating many hours and notes in the service of his master, before being auctioned off for nearly a million pounds, raising money for the Clapton’s Crossroads Foundation.
We also hear about the acoustics that fueled his critically acclaimed and best-selling album Unplugged, as well as all the amplifiers and effects that fueled his sounds in Cream, and later through the more laid back sounds of Blind Faith. , Delaney and Bonnie and Friends in his solo career.
Although he is primarily best known as a master of string bending melting blues solos, Clapton’s aural backcountry has also seen him collaborate on film soundtracks, such as Rush, the Lethal series. Weapon and The Van, as well as alongside many names of Dire Straits, Phil Collins and Roger Waters and the stories of those efforts, we hear about it as well.
Throughout the book we see many high quality photos of the guitars, used in concert or as subjects for still life photographs. The book is nothing less than a well-written love letter on guitar, and what they meant in the life of one of the world’s best known and acclaimed instrument players, who set trends and explored new worlds of sound in the 1960’s, appeared on record with The Beatles and on stage with the Rolling Stones and who works with Cream still comes across as one of the most spirited, idiosyncratic guitar players and virtuosos engaged on tape, and still studied by student players and fans years after its creation.