Music: The Return of Slowhand

"Give God a solo!" the audiences shouted. In reply, a thin young man with an electric guitar would shuffle to the microphone, close his eyes and raise up a musical inferno. One of the first of the '60s superstars, Eric Clapton was a charter member of rock's inner circle—along with Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. As a member of the British trio Cream, he transformed simple blues lines into brilliant horizontal diffusions of sound. By 1970 Clapton was considered to be the world's top rock guitarist, had sold some $12 million worth of records. Then he stopped performing.


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