In honor of the 69th birthday of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Eric Clapton, the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives is pleased to feature Clapton’s beautiful new limited edition book Six-String Stories: The Crossroads Guitars in its main reading room.
“One by one these guitars were the chapters of my life,” says Clapton about the book. Personally signed by Clapton himself, the 376-page volume documents his entire career through the tools of his trade: his guitars. Six-String Stories is told through Clapton's own words, with background information for each instrument and archival photography spanning five decades.
“As an avid rock or blues fan I would look at all the pictures in this book,” says Clapton. Nearly 300 pieces from Clapton's collection, sold across three Crossroads auctions, are brought together here for the very first time. Six-String Stories presents a “family tree,” making connections between Clapton's instruments and amps, and placing them in the chronology of his career.
“These guitars have been really good tools,” says Clapton. “They're not just museum pieces. They all have a soul, and they all come alive.” Every piece has been photographed, showing the beauty of the design and the wear and tear often caused by years on the road.
The book's elegant handcrafted binding is inspired by its content. The collector copies are quarter bound in cherry red leather to match Clapton's famous Gibson ES-335. The silhouettes of some of his most iconic guitars are blocked in gold and silver foils on the cover, and the book's pages are edged in gold. A buckram-covered slipcase with leather accents houses the limited edition. The title is silk-screened onto the front in the style of the “Cream” and “Derek and The Dominos” stencils that brand Clapton's early guitar cases.
The Library and Archives is displaying Six-String Stories along with several other titles generously donated by Genesis Publications, such as the recent Transformer by Lou Reed and Mick Rock, and Photograph by Ringo Starr. Please visit the Library and Archives or contact the Library and Archives for more information!