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Strange Brew: Eric Clapton and the British Blues Boom
UK: Jawbone Press, 2007-02-09 This is the day-by-day story of the 60s British blues boom, centering on key guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor and the groups that they played in from 1965 to 1970 - John's Mayall's Blues breakers, Cream, Fleetwood Mac, Blind Faith, The Rolling Stones, Delaney & Bonnie, and more. The book's day-by-day format, peppered with great photographs and memorabilia, reveals the way the musicians behind the blues boom worked together, influenced each other, and pushed one another to ever greater achievements. "Eric Clapton & The British Blues Boom" uses intensive research to present and explain the work of some of the music's greatest musicians in a unique and engaging format.REVIEWThe highest praise I can give this extraordinary book is that it's like a Pete Frame rock family tree come to life. A huge tome (350+ pages, nearly A4 in size), it is endlessly fascinating. It traces the interlocking careers of John Mayall, Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor in the form of a week-by-week, often day-by-day, chronicle of the years 1965-1970, taking in gigs, recording sessions, record releases, radio and television appearances and much more. The author has assembled a wealth of material including contemporary interviews and reviews and (particularly interesting) eye-witness accounts of gigs. What prevents all this information becoming a drudge to read is the author's style: lively and lucid throughout, it welds the huge amount of material into a compelling and readable narrative. The book is also enlivened by many humorous anecdotes (including Mayall, following a spat with Hughie Flint, leaving the drummer by the side of the road after a gig to find his own way home - plus drumkit), and lots of photographs many of which I hadn't seen before: a strangely poignant one of Clapton crouching, dwarfed by a bank of Marshall speakers, and one of a nearly unrecognisable pre-Bluesbreakers Peter Green playing bass (presumably with the Muskrats).The book concludes with sections summarising the post-1970 careers of the key figures, an incredibly comprehensive concert location index and an equally detailed list of recording sessions, plus an informative account of the equipment used by Mayall, Clapton, Green and Taylor
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