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George Harrison and Eric Clapton embarked upon a singular personal and creative friendship that impacted rock’s unfolding future in resounding and far-reaching ways.
All Things Must Pass Away: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Other Assorted Love Songs traces the emergence of their relationship from 1968 though the early 1970s. In particular, authors Womack and Kruppa devote close attention to the climax of Harrison and Clapton’s shared musicianship—the November 1970 releases of All Things Must Pass, Harrison’s powerful emancipatory statement in the wake of the Beatles, and Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, Clapton’s impassioned reimagining of his art via Derek and the Dominos, the band that he created from the wreckage of Cream and Blind Faith.
All Things Must Pass Away will provide readers with a powerful overview of Harrison and Clapton’s relationship, especially in terms of the ways their revolutionary musicianship and songwriting would eclipse rock music as an evolving genre. With All Things Must Pass and Layla, Harrison and Clapton bequeathed twin recorded statements that advanced rock ‘n’ roll from a windswept 1960s idealism into the edgy new reality of the 1970s.
“Womack and Kruppa have penned ‘The Ballad of George and Eric.’ This book demystifies the mystifying relationship between two guitar gods, revealing how Harrison and Clapton composed variations of their own love song, shaped by attraction, theft, jealousy, admiration, and all manner of borrowing. Beyond what we think we knew about weeping guitars and the competition for Layla is the story of a singular—but very human—friendship.”—Katie Kapurch, Texas State University
“Ever read something that changes the way you hear certain classic records, makes you chuckle at how key moments happen by accident, or how entire sessions hinge on some minor character’s spilled coffee? That’s how this book operates: as a thoughtful mediator between you, your assumptions, and how music history surfs on whim and serendipity. The romantic triangle turns into classic rock’s deceptive lead.”—Tim Riley, author of Tell Me Why and Lennon: Man, Music, Myth