Eric Clapton will be the subject of a new, authorized documentary as he prepares to -- he claims -- bring an end to his performing career.
Director Lili Fini Zanuck is working on Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars, which she told Variety will focus on the guitarist's dedication to his music rather than the well-publicized addictions and other tragedies in his life:
"His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days. He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance...Despite the fact that his path is strewn with tragedies, addiction and loss, he never fails to regain his bearings and continue to serve what he holds dearest in his music."
According to producer John Battsek, who co-produced the Academy Award-winning Searching For Sugar Man, is also working on A Life In 12 Bars, Clapton is giving the filmmakers access to his personal footage, documents such as diaries and letters, artwork, photos and more. There's no word yet on when the film will be released.
Clapton will be playing what he claims will be his final 11 concerts this year, starting March 19-20 in New York and including dates in Los Angeles and London.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.