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Eric Clapton documentary set for Showtime

Clapton has scheduled five more shows through 2017

The Eric Clapton documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars is coming to Showtime in 2018. The network premiered the film at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Life in 12 Bars is an unflinching and deeply personal journal into the life of legendary 18-time Grammy winner Eric Clapton.

Told through his own words and songs, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars is a moving and surprising film about one of the great artists of the modern era — a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and the only artist ever inducted three times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Spanning more than half a century of legendary popular musical innovation, the film contextualizes Eric Clapton’s role in contemporary music and cultural history.

This rare and deeply intimate film reflects on Clapton’s traumatic childhood, his long and difficult struggle with drugs and alcohol and the tragic loss of his son and how he always found his inner strength and healing in music. The documentary features extensive interviews with Clapton himself, along with his family, friends, musical collaborators, contemporaries and heroes – including late music icons B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison. The film is directed by Oscar-winner Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush, Driving Miss Daisy) with Passion Pictures’ John Battsek (One Day In September, Searching for Sugar Man) amongst the producers. BAFTA winner Chris King (Amy, Senna) serves as editor.

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Clapton is celebrating his 50th year in music in 2017. In addition to performing four shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ The Forum earlier this spring, Clapton will headline two more shows at Madison Square Garden on September 7th and 8th and four at The Forum on September 13th, 15th, 16th and 18th. Clapton will be joined by band members Chris Stainton, Nathan East, Steve Gadd, Walt Richmond, Sharon White and Sharlotte Gibson. Jimmie Vaughan and Gary Clark, Jr. will each play opening sets at all performances. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.