Talk:Eric Clapton

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Former featured article candidateEric Clapton is a former featured article candidate. Please view the links under Article milestones below to see why the nomination failed. For older candidates, please check the archive.
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August 28, 2006[article nominee]Listed
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January 9, 2007Featured article candidateNot promoted
January 18, 2007Good article reassessmentDelisted
September 7, 2008Good article nomineeNot listed
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Clapton is God[edit]

The article said: "The phrase was spray-painted [...] on a wall in an Islington Underground station [...]". A quick image search reveals what looks much more like a temporary construction fence on Arvon Road. [1] Until anyone has more detailed information I'm throwing out the "Underground station" bit. --BjKa (talk) 10:33, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

I don't know where it first appeared, but 'Clapton is God' was graffitied all over London - not just one specific location. The image you found may well be one of the other locations, as opposed to the first. Interestingly, Clapton has said he believes it could have been a PR stunt arranged by his management/promoter at the time. — Preceding unsigned comment added by LoveEverybodyUnconditionally (talkcontribs) 19:51, 6 October 2017 (UTC)

Tears in Heaven Inspiration[edit]

This article includes several unsourced mentions of the claim that Tears in Heaven was specifically written for, or inspired by, the death of Clapton's son.

To my knowledge, this is not strictly correct. The song was not written for anything or anyone specifically but ended up being part of the Rush film soundtrack. It is only after it was written that Clapton says some meaning regarding Conor could be assigned to it.

Clapton did an interview with Sue Lawley in 1992 where he elaborates on it:

It's a nice idea that the song was written specifically for or inspired by his sons tragic death, but I cannot find any reliable source for this. It seems more like an urban legend.

What do others think?

LoveEverybodyUnconditionally (talk) 19:42, 6 October 2017 (UTC)

I pretty easily found sources (doing a library search) confirming that the song was written for his son, so I'll add them to the article. --Spike Wilbury (talk) 19:53, 6 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks - is there a way I can read/access your journal source online? I would be very interested to see what it says. LoveEverybodyUnconditionally (talk) 19:59, 6 October 2017 (UTC)
Neither of these is available online but if you email me using the "email this user" function, I'd be happy to reply with PDF copies of the articles from the library. --Spike Wilbury (talk) 20:03, 6 October 2017 (UTC)
Thank you very much for emailing those to me, I really appreciate it. However, I am not entirely convinced by them...
Regarding the “His Saddest Song” article, I cannot find anything here where Clapton says the song was written for, or inspired by, his sons death. The quote in the second paragraph (“so obviously about the son that he'd lost”) is the only reference to the songs origin in this article, and it is just someone else's own interpretation. I don’t think it can be regarded as a source that the song was written by Clapton for Conor.
And regarding the other article (Annonymous, Rolling Stone, 2000), it simply states the following as fact:
“Clapton wrote the song for his four-year-old son, Conor, who died in a fall from the window of a New York high-rise in March 1991.”
The Sue Lawley interview that I linked to on YouTube would contradict this, and the words are coming straight out of Clapton’s own mouth in 1992 (just a year after Conor’s death), as opposed to an anonymous journalists writings 9 years after the event.
I would be interested to hear your views.
LoveEverybodyUnconditionally (talk) 20:33, 6 October 2017 (UTC)
You have a good point; it may be one of those things where a couple of journalists latched on to something he said and it spiraled into being repeated by other journalists. I'm not sure either way. I'd defer to what Clapton says if I had to choose what we should be reporting. --Spike Wilbury (talk) 19:10, 7 October 2017 (UTC)
I agree. I don't particularly have any issue with saying things like "Clapton expressed his grief through the song", as that is most likely true, given the period it was written (although, it's not very encyclopedic). However, to explicitly claim the song was inspired by or written for Conor is inaccurate and should be removed from the article, in my opinion. The fact is that it was written for the Rush soundtrack, even though the lyrics perfectly apply to Conor's passing as well. Does anyone object to removing such claims from the article? LoveEverybodyUnconditionally (talk) 01:05, 8 October 2017 (UTC)

Life in Twelve Bars[edit]

Isn't Eric Clapton going to be in a film could "Life in Twelve Bars"? If anybody knows about this, it could go in the article. Vorbee (talk) 08:53, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

Yep, I added it a few days ago :) LoveEverybodyUnconditionally (talk) 22:37, 18 January 2018 (UTC)