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The producer and director Lili Fini Zanuck used Eric Clapton’s recording “Tears in canada goose uk outlet Heaven” in a scene of mourning for her 1991 movie “Rush.” The song’s origins are canada goose uk shop heartbreaking: Mr. Clapton wrote it after his 4 year old son, Conor, died in a fall from a building in the spring of that year. Now Ms. Zanuck Canada Goose Online has made, in her second feature film as director, a documentary on Mr. Clapton’s life that takes into consideration the many turning points in the classic rock legend’s career.

As the title, “Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars,” implies, it begins with the blues. In cheap Canada Goose narration, Mr. Clapton talks of being practically mesmerized by music by African American musicians he heard on the radio as a child. King and Little buy canada goose jacket Walter, whose harmonica sounds he wanted to adapt to guitar. Music Canada Goose Outlet helped him cope with, or at least mentally escape, canada goose coats a confusing home life, one in cheap canada goose uk which he initially believed his uk canada goose outlet mother was an older sister.

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Ms. Zanuck takes an unusual approach to canada goose store the music documentary. She has no talking head Canada Goose sale interviews; the visual component is entirely composed of archival buy canada goose jacket cheap footage, of Canada Goose Jackets either the still canada goose clearance or moving picture variety. Interviewees are tagged with onscreen titles. (Roger Waters is erroneously presented as the guitarist for Pink Floyd; he was its bass player.)

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The canada goose first canadagoosejacketsalesca half of the movie is largely a 1960s “and then I wrote/played” story that is more interested in Mr. Clapton’s romantic obsession with Pattie Boyd, the then wife of his then best friend George Harrison, than with Mr. Clapton’s seemingly constitutional inability to stick with one band canada goose uk black friday for any length of time although the two things may not be entirely unrelated, in terms of temperament at least. The pursuit of Ms. Boyd did Canada Goose online yield one of the most notable classic rock albums ever, “Layla,” and its uk canada goose making is given a considered treatment here. But Mr. Clapton’s work with the American roots rockers Delaney Bonnie, and his first solo album, both canada goose clearance sale stage setters canada goose black friday sale for “Layla,” are completely canada goose factory sale ignored.

The second half of the film, though, shows exemplary frankness in revealing how drugs and alcohol brought out the very worst in Mr. Clapton in the canadian goose jacket 1970s. His reprehensible racist remarks, his abuse of friends and band mates, and more, is laid out in practically unsparing detail.

“I was becoming chauvinistic Canada Goose Coats On Sale and fascist, too,” he admits of his behavior. At the end of that tunnel was a sobriety that was, some might say, cruelly tested by the death of Conor. As a musical biography, this comes up short; it plays substantially better as a story of recovery and recovered integrity.

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