Eric Clapton - The Autobiography

Bill Nighy reads extracts from guitar legend Eric Clapton's monumental life story, in a new, six-part series.

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Bill Nighy reads extracts from guitar legend Eric Clapton's monumental life story.

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Eric is dealing with his drinking problem.

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Bill Nighy concludes his reading of excerpts from guitar legend Eric Clapton's life story.

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Eric admits to being an alcoholic and seeks help from a treatment centre.

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Tonight's opener charts Clapton's early life.

Born in 1945, he grew up in Ripley, Surrey, and, until he was nine years old, believed his grandparents to be his parents.

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The Yardbirds era, and Eric is fast learning to play the guitar.

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After leaving the Yardbirds, Eric joined The Bluesbreakers before forming his own band with Ginger Baker, from the Bond Organisation, and Jack Bruce.

He called the band Cream, because he thought the musicians were the cream of the crop.

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Clapton's musical career went into overdrive as he promoted the Fresh Cream album and recorded Disraeli Gears in just one week.

But the group was soon to disband.

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