Eric Clapton: Clapton is God. This paper was written for a simple research paper.

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" 'Nothing but my soul to save, from the cradle to the grave'...It was one of those things, you wake up in the middle of the night, run downstairs and write it down. What it means, I think, is that the music I'm making here has been my motivation. It's the thing I've turned to, the thing that has given me inspiration and relief, in all the trials and tribulations in my life."

-Eric Clapton

Artist. Defined as a person whose work shows exceptional creative ability or skill, or one who is able by virtue of imagination and talent or skill to create works of aesthetic value, especially in the fine arts. Eric Clapton can be defined as a true artist. The purpose of this paper is to give you a background on Eric Clapton himself, explain the real story behind "Clapton is God", and explain why his music still appeals to teenage music listeners today.

Eric Patrick Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, England, on the 30th of March 1945. Raised by his grandparents, Rose and Jack Clapp, after his mother left young Eric under their care (he was born out of wedlock), Clapton believed his grandparents were his parents, until he learned the truth at the age of 9. ( He received a £14 acoustic guitar for his fourteenth birthday, and

then proceeded to copy the great blues guitarists' note for note. After barely getting himself through high school, Clapton struggled in college and finally dropped out of the Kingston College of Art in 1962 to pursue a career in music. The adolescent musician moved to London, where he struggled to make a living, performing for a short time with a party band called The Roosters.

In 1963, Clapton was recruited by the Yard birds to replace their...