Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars

A look at the life and work of guitarist Eric Clapton told by those who have known him best, including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and George Harrison.

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
United Kingdom 2017
  • Czech
135 min.

This documentary film covers Clapton’s early childhood, including the trauma of his mother leaving him to be raised by his grandparents, and his career, which consisted of “a single-minded mission to raise the profile of the blues in popular culture”. The film does not shy away from Clapton’s tra­gedies, including his infatuation with Patti Boyd, then the wife of his best friend George Harrison, his struggles with drugs and alcoholism, and the death of his four-year old son Conor.

Directed by: Lili Fini Zanuck
Screenplay: Stephen 'Scooter' Weintraub, Larry Yelen
Music: Gustavo Santaolalla
Editing: Chris King
Production: John Battsek, Stephen 'Scooter' Weintraub, Larry Yelen, Lili Fini Zanuck
Actors: Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Roger Waters, George Harrison (a.z.), Pattie Boyd (a.z.), Gary Wright