Slowhand by Philip Norman


From the bestselling author of Shout!, comes the definitive biography of Eric Clapton, a Rock legend whose life story is as remarkable as his music, which transformed the sound of a generation.For half a century Eric Clapton has been acknowledged to be one of music's greatest virtuosos, the unrivalled master of an indispensable tool, the solid-body electric guitar. His career has spanned the history of rock, and often shaped it via the seminal ba...

Details Slowhand

Release DateOct 30th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreMusic, Nonfiction, Biography, Biography Memoir

Reviews Slowhand

  • BookGypsy
    Remarkable! I really liked this inside look into his life. I've always loved his music but never knew all these things about him. There are some really good photos in the book too. I enjoyed. It's bittersweet.
  • Cheryl
    Starting out, in prologue, is a lunch with George Harrison and Clapton.. George is quite upset to detect beef broth in his mushroom soup and Eric is too broke to pay for his own. No one recognizes them, at first. George is first, most obvious, and his chameleon comrade is introduced as “the world’s greatest white guitarist...Bert Weedon.” It’s the end of the 60’s, the Beatles and Cream. It’s the start of his not-so-secret touring with...
  • Steve
    If you know Clapton you won't find anything new here. Basically just another book telling the very tired story of Eric and Patty. Was hoping to hear more about the unbelievable band he had recently Trucks, Bramhall, Stainton, Weeks, Jordan etc. There was so much ground not even touched on. Other than Tears in Heaven nothing that has transpired in the last 30 years
  • Ace Boggess
    This is a fascinating history of a fascinating musician. I say 'fascinating' but I can't say 'compelling.' There are sections of this book that pass in litanies of facts, droning on like a monotone professor standing up front in the lecture hall. To be fair, this isn't, for the most part, the author's fault. There's simply too much going on to capture it all in the detail it deserves without the book ending up 2000 pages long. Sometimes those sho...
  • TXGAL1
    Bestselling author and rock star biographer, Philip Norman, has given us the latest retelling of the life of guitar “god” Eric Clapton in Slowhand. Norman, granted access to Clapton and various characters (some famous, some not) presents a retelling of Clapton’s life—the good and the bad.Clapton’s life of success and excess was set in motion very early in his childhood when a deception that would affect the rest of his life was carried ...
  • Jen
    Clapton’s story is well documented and there isn’t much new here. The latter part of his life is glossed over very quickly. I have always loved his music, but sadly there is a lot left to be desired as a man. Hell, even a just a human being. All too often that is the case with artistic genius. If you are a fan, definitely read this. Especially if you haven’t read the autobiography or any of the other tomes on ec that are available. I still ...
  • Janice
    Could have been better. I.e. Duane Allman not Gregg Allman died in a motorcycle crash in 1971!
  • Neil
    Well done bio by a writer who has written about many other musicians. As a Clapton fan, I enjoyed the overall book. But the details of his drug abuse that nearly destroyed Clapton (and certainly damaged people close to him) was bothersome. The section detailing the death of his son, Conor, was difficult to read. Fortunately, he put all this (including his obsession with Patty Boyd) into his music.
  • Biography & Memoir
    It is often forgotten --- if thought of at all --- that a work of art in any medium is the very tip of the creative spear possessing quite a long shaft. This is especially true of a book or a sound recording. Think of the artist as a motorist stopped at the entrance to a roundabout that has six (or more) exits, with no idea of which one to take. The artist may take one, stop, retrace steps, and take another until he gets where he wants to go, or ...
  • Jan Lewis
    A real eye opener.
  • Steve
    I was mildly disappointed in this book. It was not as well written as his earlier works, like the Beatles book “Shout”, and it provided little insight into Clapton’s music.
  • Monical
    Surprisingly good bio of Clapton. I appreciated that the book didn't do the usual "I am born" at the beginning, but integrated the young Clapton with the emerging "guitar god." The alcohol and drug use got repetitive (for everyone, I expect!) and Clapton does not emerge as the nicest guy in the universe but appears to have finally grown up by the end of the book. I certainly will re-visit the music and hope to track down a DVD of the concert in h...
  • Jerry Sullivan
    I had read Eric Clapton’s memoir and Patty Boyd’s so I was interested what a biographer would have to add. There were new anecdotes that added to my understanding of Eric’s life but it mirrored the Clapton memoir so it was all familiar territory. The life of sex, drugs and rock & roll takes it toll on the star and all the people who love and depend on him. It was interesting but his early years were so self indulgent and self destructive th...
  • Pamela
    This was very good and there is a lot about Eric I didn't know.His Mom was only 16 when she had him and when he was 2 years old she left him with his Grandma to raise.He grew up thinking she was his Mom and she spoiled him.His Mom was in and out of his life but he never really had a relationship with her.He was good friends with George Harrison and his wife Pattie, who he fell in love with and married when George divorced her.Even after Eric and ...
  • Susan
    This book went up and down as far as being interesting. There was a lot of rehashed stories for those who read Eric's autobiography but there were also things in it that I didn't know about. But the author seems to interject his opinion every once in a while with snarky little remarks that eventually got on my nerves.
  • Matthew Treya
    Well written, but not sure what I was hoping to find here different than in previous bios I’ve read. I’m afraid Eric is still the same (hugely talented but) troubled Eric no matter how you slice it. I do strongly agree with the author that it is a miracle (or the incredible Clapton luck) that poor Eric did not join the “27 club.”
  • Brad Zerkel
    Not a flattering picture of Clapton But pretty detailed and actually learned some new info about him in this one This does show a lot of the ugly side of Clapton but I think I personally needed to hear this as I modeled my playing after him and put him on a pedestal .
  • Keith Bell
    As a huge Clapton fan, I knew going into this I was going to like it.
  • Jason Dikes
    Kind of rushes the latter half of Clapton's life, but is serviceable
  • M.
    It was a good read.
  • Dave Capers
    A man womanizes and abuses substances, manages to make some great music along the way and redeems himself late in life.
  • Katie
    So... hooray for redemption stories! There's a lot of 'hot mess' to get through first (no surprise). Gives new depth (in a bad way) and layers (also in a bad way) to the term 'enabler.' Not just for the addictions but for the treatment of spouses and others (not just Clapton's). Told in clear, well-organized, but somewhat ironically non-lyrical narrative, there's a lot of insider info that's less gossip-y than details lined up to show motivation ...
  • Ray Dexter
    Philip Norman is how I understand the 1960s music scene. My first adult book was his Beatles biography in 1981. When Norman produced a book on Clapton of course I was going to read it. The problem for me is that Clapton has always come across as selfish and I wanted someone to show me I’m wrong. Philip Norman tries very hard but the subtext of selfishness is still there. What is more frustrating is the Norman makes no attempt to explain why Cla...
  • David Lum
    I do so enjoy these rock star bios. This one contains a George Harrison quote that nicely sums up the monstrous self-centeredness that afflicted almost all of them as young men (or even middle aged men). Yelled at a flight attendant who had the hall to ask Harrison if he wanted a drink shortly after his celebrated trip to India: "Fuck off, can't you see I'm meditating?!"Monstrous is a word that came to mind many times during this book when I cons...
  • Greg Curtin
    Nothing really new in this book and honestly almost gave up when read on page 286 of the hardback edition "...Brian had been killed in a motorcycle accident, just as his guitar blood brother, GREG Allman, had been, three years earlier." Duane was THE man. Who knows what other "facts" are mistated in the book?
  • Sadie-jane (sj) Nunis
    Great amazing musicianBit of an a-hole though..Quite a thorough compilation of his life2019 reading challenge - Your favourite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge - 2015 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge - A Book with a Love Triangle
  • Philip Booth
    Middling bio of the once popular rock/blues-rock guitarist. Some good anecdotes and stories, and interesting accounts of his experiences in various bands, but it suffers from the author NOT having direct access to Clapton (instead, he draws from his autobiography and journal entries). Would have liked to have read more about how he made his music, and why his music connected so strongly with the listening public, and less about his endless intake...