Eric Clapton may be one of the most revered guitarists of all time, but there have been some smudges on his socially and poitically-conscious record over the years.
Clapton's life and career are documented in a new film called 'Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars', which sees him face up to some pretty disgusting comments that he made in 1976 - namely regarding black immigrants to the UK.
Although he is a key figure in the Rock Against Racism campaign these days, the Daily Mail reports that the former Cream star expressed support for anti-immigrant Tory MP Enoch Powell, and is quoted as saying: “Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. Get the w*gs out. Get the c**ns out. Keep Britain white.”
After the recent London screening of the film, Clapton owned up to the comments and expressed regret. "I was so ashamed of who I was, a kind of semi-racist, which didn’t make sense,” he said. “Half of my friends were black, I dated a black woman and I championed black music’.”
Clapton recently revealed that his is suffering hearing problems due to tinnitus.