Visual storytellers and film fans are currently experiencing the golden age of documentaries, especially with the current landscape of on-demand and non-traditional programming and streaming availability. Now it looks like Eric Clapton’s long journey as a pioneer in contemporary blues and rock music will be told in an upcoming documentary produced by Showtime, titled, Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars.
Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck, who took home multiple Academy Awards for producing the critically acclaimed 1989 film, Driving Miss Daisy, the documentary will reportedly look into the deep, personal journey of the life of the legendary musician, who for years struggled with substance abuse while attempting to manage the success of his life as one of the most famous guitar players in the world.
According to Billboard, the documentary will premiere at both domestic and international film festivals later this year and will be released theatrically in the U.S. and Canada sometime this fall. It will air on Showtime in 2018 on a date still to be announced.
"Clapton’s music is the foundation of our film -- his commitment to the Blues, its traditions and originators is absolute from his earliest days,” said Zanuck about the project. "His personal life conveys the emotional spine of the film -- his damaged emotional psyche threads throughout his life, informing his art, and causing many abrupt and surprising shifts along the way.”
The 71-year-old guitarist is still an active performer, but has said recently that he’s not really looking to embark on any multi-city tours anymore, mostly due to suffering from peripheral neuropathy. Back in 2014, he told Uncut Magazine, “The road has become unbearable. There are tons of things I’d like to do, but I’m looking at retirement too. What I’ll allow myself to do, within reason, is carry on recording in the studio. I don’t want to go off the boil to the point where I’m embarrassing myself.”
In a more recent interview with Classic Rock Magazine this past summer, Clapton commented on the pain he goes through while playing live, saying, “[It’s] hard work to play the guitar and I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that it will not improve.”
Apparently, it doesn’t have too much effect on him to play select shows here and there, which he plans on doing this coming spring when he plays a small handful of concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City, The Forum in Los Angeles, and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Tickets for his shows at Madison Square Garden and The Forum can be bought by clicking here.