Clapton to Pen Memoir

Legendary guitarist readies book, audiotape for 2007

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Rock legend Eric Clapton, now sixty, is set to write his autobiography for Doubleday, due for publication in spring of 2007.

The as-yet-untitled book, which will also be issued in audio format by Random House, will be written in collaboration with Christopher Simon Sykes, a close friend of Clapton's since 1967. The book will also coincide with a North American tour and a Warner Brothers release of a complete retrospective box set of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's recordings.

The announcement finds Clapton following in the footsteps of two other high-profile rock autobiographies: Sting's Broken Music: A Memoir (2003) and Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One (2004). Both were strong sellers.

Meanwhile, Clapton will join his original Cream bandmates -- bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker -- for three nights at New York's Madison Square Garden from October 24th through the 26th. The performances come on the heels of their triumphant four-night stand in London last May. Those shows were released on a two-CD live album and DVD earlier this month.

Clapton released a new studio album, Back Home, featuring guests John Mayer, Steve Winwood and Robert Randolph, in August. The set debuted at Number Thirteen.

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