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.”
- Last year, when Eric Clapton met with the press at TIFF, he spoke about how the new doc was able to chronicle his journey in a swift and truthful manner: “It's very difficult in places, but overall, I think it was a great thing to see from beginning to end. When we began it, I didn't really grasp where it was going to be focused; I thought it would be just one area. And then when I realized that we had to cover everything, I thought, 'Well, I didn't know they're gonna do this in less than six hours,' y'know? It's pretty overwhelming. A lot of it I don't even remember. But the last section is my (laughs) favorite part of all, 'cause I look like I've got a smile on my face (laughter) for the first (laughs) time in my life.”
October 6, 7, 8 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden