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Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars

Documentary charting the life of Eric Clapton told through his own words and songs, as well as those of his family, friends, musical collaborators, contemporaries and heroes.

Documentary charting the life of Eric Clapton, widely renowned as one of the greatest performers of all time. But behind the scenes lay restlessness and tragedy. The insatiable search to grow his artistic voice left fans surprised as he constantly quit successful bands, from the groundbreaking Yardbirds to 60s supergroup Cream. His isolated pursuit of his craft, and fear of selling out, served as a catalyst for his evolution as an artist.

Stretching from his traumatic childhood living in a 'house of secrets', to his long struggle with drugs and alcohol, and the tragic loss of his son in a heart-breaking accident, Eric Clapton always found an inner strength and healing in music.

Told through his own words and songs, as well as those of his family, friends, musical collaborators, contemporaries and many heroes - including BB King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison.

2 hours, 5 minutes

Last on

Fri 18 Oct 2019 21:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:04

    Edward White

    Puffin' Billy

    Orchestra: Melodi Light Orchestra. Conductor: Hubert Clifford.
  • 00:08

    Muddy Waters

    My Life Is Ruined

  • 00:11

    Muddy Waters

    Got My Mojo Working

  • 00:18

    The Yardbirds

    For Your Love

  • 00:21

    John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers

    Crocodile Walk

  • 00:24

    Little Walter

    Walter's Jump

  • 00:32

    Cream

    I Feel Free (Album Version)

  • 00:37

    Cream

    Strange Brew 

  • 00:40

    Aretha Franklin

    Good To Me As I Am To You

  • 00:43

    The Beatles

    All You Need Is Love

  • 00:55

    The Beatles

    While My Guitar Gently Weeps (2009 Stereo Remaster)

  • 01:10

    George Harrison

    My Sweet Lord

  • 01:14

    Derek and the Dominos

    Thorn Tree In The Garden

  • 01:17

    Derek and the Dominos

    Nobody Know You When You're Down And Out

  • 01:17

    Derek & The Dominos, Blind Faith & Eric Clapton & Cream & John Mayall

    Bell Bottom Blues

  • 01:18

    Derek and the Dominos

    Layla

  • 01:58

    Eric Clapton

    Tears In Heaven

Credits

Role Contributor
Director Lili Fini Zanuck
Producer John Battsek
Editor Christopher King

Broadcasts

  • Sat 30 Jun 2018 21:00
  • Sun 1 Jul 2018 00:05
  • Fri 18 Oct 2019 21:30

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