Eric Clapton Is Getting a Career-Spanning Documentary

“A Life in 12 Bars” will cover the legendary guitarist's storied life

February 3, 2017
Photo: Landmark / PR Photos

A career-spanning documentary about Eric Clapton is currently in the works. “A Life in 12 Bars” will chronicle the legendary life and career of the three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and original guitar god.

The film will follow Clapton’s journey from young guitarist for the Yardbirds and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, to member of supergroup Cream, to solo star, while also covering his personal turmoil along the way. The film is being directed by Lili Fini Zanuck and produced by John Battsek, who also produced the Oscar-winning “Searching For Sugarman.” The documentary will feature classic performance clips, rare footage, and personal letters and diary entries from Clapton’s archives.

“Clapton’s music is the foundation of our film. His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days,” Zanuck said in a statement. “He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance.”

While no release date has yet been set, footage will be screened for potential buyers at the European Film Market.

Read more about “A Life in 12 Bars” here.

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