Random House Acquires Eric Clapton Autobiography

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

Richard Cable and Oliver Johnson on behalf of The Random House Group in
the UK and Stephen Rubin and Charlie Conrad on behalf of Doubleday in America
have jointly acquired world rights to the autobiography of Eric Clapton from
literary agent Ed Victor.

Clapton has rarely granted interviews and has never spoken in great detail about his life. In
his autobiography, he will write frankly about every aspect of his personal
and musical odyssey, addressing everything that is known and much that is

Clapton will write the as-yet-untitled book in collaboration with
Christopher Simon Sykes, who has been a close friend since 1967. It will be
published in Spring 2007 by Century in the UK and Doubleday in the US and as
an audiobook, to coincide with the release by Warner Brothers of a complete
retrospective boxed set of his recordings and a major world tour.

"Eric Clapton is a rock legend," says Richard Cable, managing director of the Random House Division. "His story encompasses genius, fame, tragedy and
triumph over adversity in equal measure. This will be the inside story of one
of the greatest musical figures of our time. We are thrilled and privileged
to be publishing this landmark book."

"In an age
where there are so few real stars," says Stephen Rubin, president and publisher of Doubleday, "it is a thrill to be publishing the
autobiography of a truly iconic figure whose life story will be of interest
to millions of people around the world."

Although no financial figures were supplied by the publisher, reports indicate that the bidding between publihing house reached $3 miilion. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen