Recently we’ve had decent documentaries on music icons such as Amy Winehouse, Oasis & The Beatles and later this year there will be one on Prince. Regrettably we’ve also had docs on pop moppets One Direction and the feckless tosspot better known as Justin Bieber. But the good news is we’re to have one on a far more worthy a rock icon namely Eric Clapton called, ‘Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars’ which is now in the works.
Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck (who also won an Oscar for producing Driving Miss Daisy), it’s to be produced by John Battsek (Searching For Sugar Man) and edited by BAFTA-winning Amy editor Chris King.
Filmmakers have had access to performance clips, backstage footage, letters, and diary entries from the personal archive of Clapton and the story will be told through Clapton’s own words and songs as well as interviews with musical heroes including BB King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison (though we’re pretty sure all of them dead or at the very least, ill).
Clapton, regarded by many as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, has won 18 grammy awards and is a three-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and had success with The Yardbirds and the Bluesbreakers, Cream and Derek And The Dominoes, as well as with his solo career. Te documentary will also covers the tragedies in his personal life, including his traumatic childhood, his struggle with drugs and alcohol and the death of his 4-year-old son Conor in 1991.
We’re looking forward to it even though it will undoubtedly prompt the Editor to endlessly sing the opening riff to ‘Layla’ ( ‘Too late! dinga dinga dinga dooooo waw waw wow waw wooo’ – Editor).