Eric Clapton’s Reaction To ‘Clapton Is God’ Graffiti

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There can be multiple iconic moments in a musician’s career, from booking an arena show or winning an award to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which can become a turning point. However, Eric Clapton had one of the most unexpected incidents happen to him, which earned him the informal title of ‘God,’ and it had a significant impact on the musician’s reputation.

During the early years of his career when he was a band member, one of Clapton’s fans wrote ‘Clapton is God‘ on a wall in London. While it may sound normal to you today, it created quite the buzz in the 1960s when the guitarist was paving his way as one of the most celebrated guitar players of all time. The musician revealed his sincere thoughts about the graffiti many years after it was photographed.

‘Clapton Is God’ Graffiti Contributed Into Clapton’s Career

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An unknown fan of Eric Clapton spray-painted ‘Clapton is God‘ on a wall in Islington, London during the mid-1960s when he was a member of the Yardbirds and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. The graffiti on the wall was captured in a now-famous photograph, and the phrase became instantly famous after the picture spread.

The line started popping up in numerous spots around London, such as on club bathroom walls and construction sites. It also began being spotted around New York, which was a sign that Clapton’s reputation had started growing immensely, partially thanks to this iconic phrase. This graffiti boosted Clapton’s popularity, but the musician had mixed feelings for it.

Did Eric Clapton Like The Graffiti?

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Although many people consider Eric Clapton one of the greatest guitar players of all time, the musician always showed what a humble person he is by saying that he doesn’t accept the title. During a 1999 conversation with Ed Bradley, the guitarist was asked about the graffiti, and his initial reaction was entirely unexpected.

Clapton admitted that he felt disgusted when he first saw the graffiti but was also pleased with the image. Clapton explained these opposite emotions by saying that while he’s a narcissistic person, he also has an inferiority complex which makes him like the praising but feels unworthy of it at the same time.

When asked about the graffiti, Clapton said:

I was disgusted and pleased at the same time. But I’m an egomaniac with an inferiority complex. So I liked the intention, and I don’t like the intention.”

You can watch the interview below.