Another book from Chris Welch about EC
Welch, Chris. Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History. Voyageur: Quayside. Sept. 2011. 256p. illus. index. discog. ISBN 9780760340462. $40. MUSIC
Welch, a reporter/editor for the British music paper Melody Maker during the 1960s and 1970s, delivers an oversized, lavishly illustrated biography of guitar icon Eric Clapton. He devotes much of the text to and shares the most insights on Clapton's career pre-1974: his humble beginnings and stints with John Mayall, the Yardbirds, Cream, and Blind Faith. Welch rushes through the remainder of the guitarist's more pop-oriented career up to the present. Throughout, he collects 400 color photos of posters, album covers, and concert scenes of Clapton and his bands.
Verdict A good companion to Clapton's best-selling 2007 autobiography (Clapton: The Autobiography), this book taps Welch's firsthand knowledge of his subject and adds new material via interviews with Clapton's early bandmates. Appealing for music fans, but not essential.Dave Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle