"One by one, my heroes would eventually be in the same room with me. What do we do? We just play, play our hearts out." – Eric ClaptonIn 1999 Eric Clapton invited a handful of musicians to join him on stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden to raise money for his Crossroads Centre, an addiction rehabilitation centre in Antigua. Over the course of nearly 15 years, the festival grew into a celebration of guitar playing that drew musicians and fans from around the world.
"Nothing beats just sitting around, on an equal footing, with about three or four other musicians. And not having anyone be the boss." - Eric ClaptonEric Clapton's limited edition features more than 350 archival photos of the musicians he handpicked to take part in the five Crossroads festivals. Featured artists include Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Keith Richards, Doyle Bramhall II, Jimmie Vaughan, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Joe Walsh, Buddy Guy and B.B. King.
"Eric's been such a great person for guitar players. Anybody would be happy to be a part of this." - Buddy Guy
The musicians who performed at the Crossroads festivals tell the story, taking the reader through their musical influences, experiences at the festivals, and their appreciation of each other's music.
The 36,000-word manuscript not only documents the extraordinary series of Crossroads concerts but also tells a wider story. Multi-generational voices from blues legends such as B.B King, Johnny Winter and Buddy Guy to the newer guard of guitar virtuosos, such as John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr., recount the rich history of guitar music and of the many genres it encompasses, from blues to country, from jazz to rock 'n' roll.
"I call it world music and it's a brotherhood. Guitar players do not compete with each other. In sports it's competition. Music is about complementing." - Carlos SantanaThe original manuscript draws on previously unpublished interviews, extending to over 200 pages, with new text from Eric Clapton and from friends such as J.J. Cale, Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer, Robert Randolph, Carlos Santana, James Taylor, Derek Trucks, Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood and many, many more.
"I'll tell you what happens when you go out and play with Eric Clapton and B.B. King and all these guys, you better not start thinking about it, you better have a good time." - Jimmie Vaughan
"It was really special playing Madison Square Garden. It was amazing to be in New York City with all those cats and all that music." - Gary Clark Jr.
"Coming to Crossroads is like being able to speak fluently with people who speak the same language." - John Mayer
Handcrafted in Milan, Italy, the 1,650 collector copies are quarter bound in leather with foil blocking and silver page edging.Each book is individually signed by at least three Crossroads musicians, including Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Andy Fairweather Low, Sonny Landreth, Taj Mahal, John McLaughlin, Robbie Robertson, David Sanborn, Carlos Santana, and Joe Walsh. We will be announcing further signatories soon.
Each numbered copy is hand-signed by at least three Crossroads musicians.Signatories include Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Cray, Steve Cropper, Sheryl Crow, Nathan East, Andy Fairweather Low, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Sonny Landreth, Taj Mahal, John McLaughlin, Robert Randolph, Robbie Robertson, David Sanborn, Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Steve Vai, Jimmie Vaughan and Joe Walsh. We will be announcing further signatories soon.
Genesis Publications has a longstanding connection with Eric Clapton's Crossroads Centre.Situated on the beautiful island of Antigua, The Crossroads Centre was founded by Eric Clapton to provide a supportive and safe environment for those seeking recovery from addiction.
Select from the following editions:
Eric Clapton's official, hand-crafted, signed limited edition book documenting the Crossroads Guitar Festivals, 1999-2013, with archival photos and exclusive commentary from the musicians who took part.
Since 1974 Genesis has created signed limited edition books on behalf of authors and artists ranging from the Beatles to Buckingham Palace.
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