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.