Bobby Whitlock

A Rock ’n’ Roll Autobiography


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About the Book

From early childhood singing in church to the rock ’n’ roll limelight of Derek and the Dominos, Bobby Whitlock launched a musical journey still going to this day. Whitlock’s life story does more than share rock gossip about stars like Keith Moon, George Harrison, and Eric Clapton, however. Whitlock candidly discusses his abusive childhood, his experiences with Delaney and Bonnie, failed marriages, and drug addiction, and how the star-studded lifestyle evolved into a peaceful partnership with his wife and musical partner.

About the Author(s)

Bobby Whitlock was an original member of the rock band Derek and the Dominos and played on George Harrison’s first solo album, All Things Must Pass. He’s written numerous songs performed by such artists as George Jones and Sheryl Crow. He now lives with his wife and musical partner, CoCo Carmel.

Marc Roberty has written more than 30 books, a number of them about Eric Clapton, including The Complete Recording Sessions. His articles and features have been published in Rolling Stone, Mojo, Best, Financial Times, and more.

Bibliographic Details

Bobby Whitlock with Marc Roberty

Foreword by Eric Clapton

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: 95 photos, discography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-5894-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6190-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix
Foreword by Eric Clapton      1
Introduction      3

Childhood Memories      5
The Sixties      26
Joining Delaney and Bonnie      33
Eric Clapton and My Freedom      48
My New Life in England      66
George Harrison and All Things Must Pass      73
All Things Must Pass Track by Track      79
Mick’s Birthday Party      83
Layla Album Song by Song      94
The Domino Flat      98
Playing Back Home      101
The Johnny Cash Show      104
The End of the Dominos      111
Going Solo      124
C’est la Vie!      131
Going Gold      134
New Home, New Girlfriend, New Adventures      137
Caribou Ranch      143
The Daytona Crash      147
Wakey, Wakey!      153
Leaving England and Eric      155
Fall from Grace in Peach Country      158
Elvis’ Caddy      167
My Old Pal      170
Pool of Tears      172
Magical Ireland      173
Back in Memphis      179
Building My Barn      183
Empty Fruit Basket      186
My New Deal      189
The Spiritual Void      193
Meeting CoCo for the First Time      195
Safe at Last      203
Hard Times      209
Lovers      214
Our New Home in Austin      216
The King of Luck      223
The Flow      229
Full Circle      233

Selected Discography      237
Index      245