23 Nov 21
Genesis Publications has announced the trade edition release of their highly sought after limited edition book, Six-String Stories by Eric Clapton. Published on November 23rd in the UK and worldwide on November 30th, it can be ordered at ericclaptonbook.com.
‘One by one these guitars were the chapters of my life. They belong to a very well-loved family.’
– Eric Clapton
In Six-String Stories, Eric reflects on a legendary career as told through the tools of his trade: his guitars. Collected together here for the first time are the instruments Eric sold in three record-breaking auctions between 1999 and 2011 to benefit the Crossroads Treatment Centre in Antigua, which he founded in 1998. Featuring some of the most iconic guitars ever played, Eric guides the reader through nearly 300 instruments as he discusses their provenance, reveals insights about his own playing, and shares anecdotes from each chapter of his spectacular life in music.
Six-String Stories presents a ‘family tree’ that makes connections between iconic instruments, such as his famous ‘Blackie’ Stratocaster, and previously unknown rarities, placing them in the chronology of his career. Eric recalls the instruments he bought to emulate his heroes, the guitars with unknown origins that became their own legend, the ones that never left his side, and the legacy they left behind. Every piece has been individually photographed, revealing every curve, detail and scratch, while the work of over 80 of the world’s best rock photographers shows the instruments in play. See the guitarist’s evolution from the psychedelic Sixties, through the stripped-back Seventies, electric Eighties, and unplugged Nineties, right up to the sale of the last guitar.
Historical and technical information for each piece in the collection – including playlists and concert dates for those instruments used on records and at public appearances – completes the story behind each guitar.
‘These guitars have been really good tools; they’re not just museum pieces. They all have a soul and they all come alive.’
– Eric Clapton