Phillip Norman's upcoming biography on Eric Clapton, titled Slowhand: The Life And Music Of Eric Clapton is set for publication on October 30th, with Norman receiving "Clapton‘s consent and access to family members and close friends." Phillip Norman is renown for his classic tomes on the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Buddy Holly, John Lennon, Mick Jagger -- and most recently Paul McCartney.

According to the press release for Slowhand, "Readers will learn about his relationship with Pattie Boyd -- wife of Clapton's own best friend George Harrison -- the tragic death of his son (Conor), which inspired one of his most famous songs, 'Tears In Heaven', and even the backstories of his most famed, and named, guitars. Packed with new information and critical insights, Slowhand reveals the complex character behind the legend."

Jimmy Page is one of many Eric Clapton fans who's impressed with not only his guitar chops -- but his songwriting as well: "He's got a great body of work, hasn't he? He really understood the blues and how to play it, and he turned a lot of people on to that. In the early days -- I'm talking about right in the early days when he had the technique of the finger tremolo and everyone else was wondering what it was -- he's had some good songs. On the Derek & the Dominos albums, there was some nice songs."

Eric Clapton will next perform on October 6th and 7th at New York's Madison Square Garden.