16 Feb 18
Sunshine of Your Love, Eric Clapton’s official, hand-crafted, signed limited edition book documenting the Crossroads Guitar Festivals 1999-2013 will be published in May by Genesis Publications. The musicians who performed at the festivals tell the story, taking the reader through their musical influences, experiences at the festivals, and their appreciation of each other’s music. The 36,000-word manuscript not only documents the historic series of Crossroads concerts but also tells the wider story of guitar music. Multi-generational voices from blues legends such as B.B King, Johnny Winter and Buddy Guy to the newer guard of guitar virtuosos, such as John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr., tell the story of the rich history of guitar music and of the many genres it encompasses, from blues to country, from jazz to rock ‘n’ roll.
There are over 350 archival photos of the musicians who were hand-picked by Eric Clapton to perform at the festivals. Featured artists include Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Keith Richards, Doyle Bramhall II, Jimmie Vaughan, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Joe Walsh, Buddy Guy and B.B. King. Interspersed throughout the book are also vintage photographs that illustrate the rich tapestry of musical influences and collaborations that can be traced through the history of guitar music. Eric Clapton’s work in the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Cream is documented and pages are dedicated to subjects such as the history of the slide guitar – from Elmore James to Duane Allman – and to the continuing significance of the Chicago bluesmen.
Handcrafted in Milan, Italy, the 1,650 collector copies (numbered 351 to 2,000) are quarter bound in leather with foil blocking and silver page edging. Each book is individually signed by at least three Crossroads musicians, including Eric Clapton, Vince Gill, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Neal Schon, Andy Fairweather Low, Sonny Landreth, Taj Mahal, Derek Trucsk, Susan Tedeschi, John McLaughlin, Robbie Robertson, David Sanborn, Carlos Santana, Alison Krauss, Nathan East, Steve Vai and Joe Walsh. The collector copies come with an exclusive 7″ vinyl picture disc includes two Crossroads performances by Eric Clapton: ‘Wonderful Tonight’ at the first benefit concert in 1999 and ‘Got To Get Better In A Little While’ performed at the final Crossroads in 2013, both recorded at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Sunshine Of Your Love Collector Copies are £325. Proceeds benefit Crossroads Centre. The centre was founded by Eric Clapton to provide a supportive and safe environment for those seeking recovery from addiction.
Genesis Publications has been issuing fine limited edition art books since 1974 and is dedicated to the arts of printing and craftsmanship. The books are works of art in themselves and much sought after by collectors. Genesis editions feature in the collections of the world’s finest libraries, including the New York Public Library’s Rare and Fine Printed Book Department.
Learn more about Sunshine Of Your Love and pre-order here.
The Deluxe Edition of Sunshine Of Your Love (numbered 1-350 / £595) is fully subscribed.