People who know rock guitarist Eric Clapton only from his later work may find it hard to understand why the words “Clapton is God” were sprayed on walls across the South of England in the mid-1960s.
Even while the graffiti artists were at work, there were some who didn’t get it. Although Clapton had ambitions as a blues guitarist, there was nothing new about white men playing black men’s music. The territory had already been captured by Alexis Korner, Cyril Davies, the Rolling Stones and, of course, John Mayall.
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