>The autobiographies of Eric Clapton, “Clapton: The Autobiography,” and his former wife Pattie Boyd, “Wonderful Tonight,” were published last fall. They give similar accounts of shared times and events but have different styles and viewpoints. Boyd’s book is more descriptive and conveys the excitement of an era and her optimism. She also has better pictures. Boyd was the inspiration for several popular songs written by her former husbands, including George Harrison and Clapton. Being a muse may look good from the outside but isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Boyd’s marriages were troubled.
Clapton’s autobiography, “Clapton,” is a step-by-step narrative of his career and personal life with an emphasis on his music and his recovery from addiction. While he pursued Boyd with such intensity while she was married to Harrison, the relationship was doomed from the get-go due to alcoholism and infidelity. All the details are here in these honest accounts.