Is Eric Clapton actually racist?

Suffering with and from Eric Clapton

Berlin - Sometime in the 80s, when there were still real analog festivals, I had the opportunity to see Eric Clapton live in Roskilde, Denmark. It was a beautiful summer evening, and in keeping with the good mood of the audience gathered in front of the stage, the band played “In The Air Tonight” - and the drummer sang along with it. It was Phil Collins.

Pop stars do it like this: "With A Little Help From My Friends". In fact, it was the other way around. When Clapton was doing really badly for a while - also because of heavy drug use - it was his friend Phil Collins who stood by him. Sure, of course. Such a story is also a man's thing. Who knows what it really was like?

Does drug use increase the risks?

This is what I asked myself, who has been listening to Clapton's albums for almost 50 years, when the news spread about his regret that he had received a vaccination with AstraZeneca. I don't dare deny that it was bad. He felt bad for weeks and feared that he would never be able to play the guitar again.

Now a little case report would be helpful, which could provide information on whether people who have overexploited their health have to reckon with stronger side effects. Or was Eric Clapton just unlucky?

He's feeling better now. I'm also happy as a fan who was not always happy with the sociopolitical statements of the guitar genius. It was the same with himself. He was ashamed of racist slogans, Clapton confessed to the Daily Mail three years ago, which he uttered in the 1970s in support of the right-wing National Front party, although he had just learned so much from black musicians.

Hearing Clapton is good, listening to his tirades is less. An album from 1976 - from a time when he was in a bad mood - is entitled: "No Reason To Cry".