"Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars"

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  1. Denton

    Denton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

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    "Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars" is a documentary now running on Showtime. EC is joining other musicians of his generation in announcing the impending end of his active musical career so it is time for such a project. "Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars" delivers nothing totally new to fans but does show quite a bit of rare footage (and photos) going all the way back to his days with Mayall, the Yardbirds and more. The uninitiated will learn a lot about Clapton both as a child and as an adult. His ongoing substance abuse problems are a central theme and one is left amazed that he survived to tell the story. A good way to spend a couple of hours.
     
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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    Watched it tonight. The dwelling on his addiction was a bit tiresome but overall a good show. Made me break out some Cream.
     
  3. Denton

    Denton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

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    I found it liberating that Clapton admitted to being an ass while drinking, even including live clips. Not everyone would be so forthcoming.
     
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    Carl V Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

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    Good....thanks
    Addiction problems:oops:
    "can't find my way home"
    "room to Move"
     
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    Thanks for the nudge Denton. Derek & the Dominos is the absolute high point for me with EC. Many, many other great songs as well, of course, but to me his albums are more chaff than wheat.

    Not yet having watched the show, I've always considered Cream to be Jack Bruce's band (deserving of more credit, at least).
     
  6. Denton

    Denton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

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    Ah, but the wheat is there and it is gluten-free.... ;)
     
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    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

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    No wait...

    Another music artist with drug problems?

    Unbelievable.
     
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    That actually describes why Cream broke up fairly well. :)
     
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  9. Denton

    Denton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

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    IIRC, the last straw was a very negative review of a live performance published in Rolling Stone. But I could be wrong.
     
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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    I recall that as well. Jack and Ginger couldn't stand each other by then and it showed.
     
  11. John Celardo

    John Celardo Well-Known Member Donor

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    Haven't seen it yet, but thanks for the heads-up Denton. I just read a rather unfavorable review in the LA Times. The reviewer called it "dry as toast" but loved the music. EC Unplugged is one of my favorite albums. Can't wait to watch, and listen.
     
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    I don't know if anyone has seen 'Beware of Mr. Baker' about Ginger. But it isn't hard to imagine why he was hard to get along with.
     
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    He sounds like a perfectly reasonable chap to me...and quite funny.



    Here's the entire album in HQ, BTW, with Mr. Baker on drums. The sound is a homage to Cream in many ways. Lead guy is Chris Goss, who was very influential in helping Kyuss achieve their stoner rock sound.

     
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    Denton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

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    Gee, Mr Baker seems like a gent to me...

     
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    talented musicians
    great music
    played by men
    with feet of clay
    .....like most of us
     
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    Terrible musician

    Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
     
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    Ginger Baker was the drummer I tried - and mostly failed - to emulate when I was a kid playing in bands. What he does is quite amazing.

    And Ron, if you think anyone in Cream was a "terrible musician" then you know nothing about being a musician.
     
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    saw ginger baker many moons ago in a jazz band.

    a couple of drummer friends always thought his drumming was good.
    they heard things I never did...just like Jack Bruce and many others.
    I was not astute enough to hear their subtleties and nuanced playing
     
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    Saw the film the other night. Music was OK, but the story was difficult. It's amazing that such a brilliant musician could be so self-destructive.
     

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