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Eric Clapton Discusses His Early Career.

Rock guitarist Eric Clapton. His friends call him "Slowhand," his fans call him "God." Whatever name he goes by, Eric Clapton is at or near the top of any list of the greatest guitar players in rock history. Clapton started out playing blues with the Yardbirds (For Your Love) in the early 60s, then played with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers before forming Cream, one of the 60s most influential bands (Crossroads, White Room). Clapton's early years, his exposure to the blues, his work with the Yardbirds, with John Mayall, and with Cream are covered in today's interview segment. (Part I of the interview airs today. Part II airs tomorrow).

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Other segments from the episode on December 7, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, December 7, 1989: Interview with Eric Clapton, Part 1; Review of the Mekons' album "The Mekons Rock 'n' Roll"; Interview with Vincent Gardenia; Review of the films "The…

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