Out now on DVD is the career-spanning documentary on Eric Clapton, titled Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars. The critically acclaimed film premiered last September at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), before a run on Showtime earlier this year. Life In 12 Bars covers the personal aspects of “Slowhand's” childhood, relationships, and substance abuse issues — along with covering his incredible career including stints in the Yardbirds, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominoes, and his massive solo success.

In addition to extensive interviews with Clapton, archival interview footage is included featuring Clapton's late friends George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, and B.B. King, among others. The filmmakers have been given “unprecedented access to Clapton's extensive personal archive of classic performance clips, on and off-stage footage, iconic photos, concert posters, handwritten letters, drawings, and personal diary entries.” During the TIFF press conference, CBC News reported Clapton was asked which part of the career-spanning doc embarrassed him, to which he admitted, “The whole thing. Are you kidding? The whole thing . . . right up to the time I stopped drinking, everything I said (was) absolute blather, a certain amount of pompousness that I see when (I was) being interviewed. Maybe it's true for all of us when we're young: there's a level of arrogance there that 'I know it all.' Only as I get older do I realize that I know nothing at all, whatsoever.”

AUDIO: ERIC CLAPTON ON HIS ALCOHOLISM
AUDIO: ERIC CLAPTON ON ‘LIFE IN 12 BARS’