Cream: How Eric Clapton Took the World by Storm

Cream: How Eric Clapton Took the World by Storm

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Dave Thompson, author of Virgin's acclaimed Red Hot Chili Peppers biography, takes a new and very detailed look at the creation of one of the world's most influential bands. After all the streets of London had been covered in 'Clapton Is God' tributes, the three top rock instrumentalists of their time, all stars in their own right, came together to form Cream. Cream went on to become the first band to break open the lucrative US market by dint of their live shows alone. Updated to include details of their recent tour, this definitive account goes on the road with them then and now, day by relentlessly hedonistic more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 190 x 26mm | 299.38g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1x8 b/w illustration section
  • 0753511320
  • 9780753511329
  • 803,721

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"Essential for all Cream devotees and any true rock'n'roll fan" * Total Guitar * "Biographies of Cream have been rare and this latest is impeccably timed" * Sunday Times * "Thompson's is an unbiased account of this exciting time, when the boundaries of music were being blown apart" * Sunday Express * "Packed with drama and extraordinary anecdotes ... essential reading" * The Sunday Times *show more

About Dave Thompson

British born, Seattle based author of many well reviewed rock biographies including the recent Virgin Books Red Hot Chili Peppers biography and books on The Cure and Kurt Cobain, Thompson is also a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, Mojo, and more

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Eric Clapton, Juack Bruce and Ginger Baker exploded onto the scene the day after England won the World Cup in 1966 and within two years they too were the champions of the world. Cream were modern music's first true supergroup, creating some of rock's most enduring anthems including 'Sunshing Of Your Love', 'I Feel Free', 'Badge', 'Strange Brew' and 'White Room'. Jam-packed with incisive new interviews with a glittering cast of band members, friends, rivals and onlookers, Cream:How Eric Clapton Took the World by Storm reads like the best rock fiction ever written. Among the close network of legendary bands of the time, none were more ruthless in their devotion to music than Cream - three momentous talents, three momentous egos and three musicians who rarely saw eye to eye. This biography depicts life on the road from the swinging sixties and through the reactionary brutality of America in 1968 to their eagerly anticipated return in 2005, which saw them playing Madison Square Gardens and the Royal Albert Hall to both long-devoted followers and a new generation of fans. Dave Thompson is the author of some eighty rock titles including biographies of U2, Kurt Cobain, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Genensis and the Cure. As well as writing a regular column in Goldmine magazine. Thompson has also contibuted to many leading music magazines such as Mojo, Q, Rolling Stone and Melody more

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"Biographies of Cream have been rare and this latest is impeccably timed"show more

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46 ratings
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