Under the Hood: Eric Clapton on His Calling to the Blues

Eric Clapton has explored a lot of styles over the years, – from rock and roll to psychedelia to reggae to a steady mellow groove. But at the heart of it all, always, is the blues. Why, after all these years, does Eric Clapton keep playing? What keeps him going?

“I don’t know why I’ve been selected to do this. And I can’t do anything else, really. It’s not that I can’t, perhaps I could, but I don’t want to do anything else. I don’t want to be a chartered accountant. I worked on the building side. I don’t want to be a builder. When I was young man, I didn’t find that fulfilling. But I do find this fulfilling and I do love it, so I want to do it. And I know that I have to work very hard to get it right.” - Eric Clapton