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Sunshine Of Your Love From Genesis Publications

Published // 27.Oct.17

Eric Clapton's Edition Now Available For Pre-Order. Proceeds Benefit Crossroads Centre. Genesis Publications' Sunshine of Your Love, is now available to pre-order. It is 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. Copies numbered 1 - 350 will be Deluxe copies, bound in full leather and signed by Eric Clapton as well as at least two Crossroads musicians. Collector copies will number 351 - 2,000 and will be signed by at least two participating musicians. It will be published in March 2018.

Sunshine Of Your Love will benefit Crossroads Centre. The Centre was founded by Eric Clapton to provide a supportive and safe environment for those seeking recovery from addiction. Genesis Publications has a longstanding connection with Crossroads. The late founder, Brian Roylance, was a trustee. Publishers Nicholas and Catherine Roylance have designated that the proceeds from Sunshine of Your Love will benefit the Centre, a tradition started with Clapton's Six String Stories, now fully subscribed.

Over 350 archival photos of the musicians who were hand-picked by Eric Clapton for five festivals that spanned nearly 15 years. 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. Interspersed throughout the book are also vintage photographs that illustrate the rich tapestry of musical influences and collaborations that can be traced through the history of guitar music. Eric Clapton's work in the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Cream is documented and pages are dedicated to subjects such as the history of the slide guitar - from Elmore James to Duane Allman - and to the continuing significance of the Chicago bluesmen.

The musicians who performed at Eric Clapton's 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 historic series of Crossroads concerts but also tells the wider story of guitar music. 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., tell the story of the rich history of guitar music and of the many genres it encompasses, from blues to country, from jazz to rock 'n' roll.

Deluxe Edition Details: The Deluxe copies (numbered 1-350) are fully bound in two Italian leathers and signed by Eric Clapton as well as at least two Crossroads musicians, including Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Andy Fairweather Low, Sonny Landreth, Taj Mahal, John McLaughlin, Robbie Robertson, David Sanborn, Carlos Santana, and Joe Walsh. Further signatories will be announced soon. It also comes with a custom-made, commemorative guitar strap within the solander case with an exclusive 7" picture disc. This rare vinyl pressing includes two Crossroads performances by Eric Clapton: 'Wonderful Tonight' at the first benefit concert in 1999 and 'Got To Get Better In A Little While' performed at the last Crossroads in 2013. The Deluxe Edition is £595. Click here for more information and to pre-order.

Collector Copy Details: 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 two 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. Further signatories will be announced soon. The edition comes with an exclusive 7" vinyl picture disc includes two Crossroads performances by Eric Clapton: 'Wonderful Tonight' at the first benefit concert in 1999 and 'Got To Get Better In A Little While' performed at the final Crossroads in 2013, both recorded at New York's Madison Square Garden. The Collector Edition is £325. Click here for more information and to pre-order.

Learn more about Crossroads Centre, founded by Eric Clapton, here

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