Backbeat Books will publish the first volume of Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Early Years: 1963–1982 ($39.99) on May 28, 2013.
Drawing on years of extensive research and interviews, author Marc Roberty covers every aspect of Clapton’s recordings (released and unreleased), joining and leaving bands, live performances, concert tours, and guest appearances on other artists’ records. Even when Clapton “wasn’t doing anything," he was busy because everyone called on him when they needed someone, and this book chronicles every activity of a very busy man.
The book includes not only every band Clapton played in, such as the Yardbirds, Cream, Derek and the Dominos, Blind Faith, and Delaney & Bonnie, but also all the cameos throughout his career, such as ones with George Harrison (recording “All Things Must Pass”), the Rolling Stones, Leon Russell, Stevie Wonder, Pete Townshend, and so many more. Making the book even more of a treat for die-hard Slowhand fans, the pages are stuffed with color photos, images of band posters, and album art.
Marc Roberty (London) is an award-nominated author, music journalist, and music historian. Roberty’s articles have been featured in Guitarist magazine, Rolling Stone, Best (France), Mojo, The Financial Times, The Independent, and Where’s Eric! Roberty also did film and audio research for the Eric Clapton Anthology, a documentary.
Backbeat Books will publish the second volume, Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Later Years: 1983–2013, in November 2013.