Author(s): Richard Clapton
A rocking, uproarious memoir that tells the story of OzRock as well as one amazing life in music. Fasten your seatbelts for one wild ride!
When he was 16 he inveigled his way into a maximum security hotel to hang out with the Rolling Stones. From that day on, Richard Clapton knew he was going to be a rock star. It's now almost 50 years since that fateful day - years filled with a lifetime of incredible experiences, outrageous good times and a catalogue of iconic and timeless songs. Through the glory years of rock & roll, in cities as varied as London, Berlin, Sydney, Los Angeles and Paris, Richard forged his own career and built up a significant body of work whilst living, loving and partying with the biggest names in the Australian and international music world.
By his own frank admission, these were years fuelled by prodigious quantities of alcohol and drugs, set against a backdrop of constant recording and touring, of endless bacchanalian partying and wild sex. It was to be a dark and dangerous journey to the very outer limits of human behavior and physical endurance, a rollercoaster ride of extraordinary euphoric highs and deep, shattering lows. Dozens of Richard's friends died on that journey or fell off the path. Miraculously, he survived to tell the tale AND he remembers everything!
For 40 years, Richard Clapton has been, above all else, a songwriter - a wry observer of human behavior and an astute commentator on the Australian condition. His best songs - Deep Water, Best Years of Our Lives, Goodbye Tiger, Glory Road, Lucky Country, Girls on the Avenue, Trust Somebody, Capricorn Dancer - capture the essence of this country like few other writers.
In The Best Years of My Life, Richard employs his keen songwriter's powers of observation, portraiture and storytelling to tell the best one of all: the extraordinary story of his own life. Outrageous, funny, insightful and poignant, this is the rock memoir to beat them all. Welcome to the party that never ends...