"ITS BEEN GREAT TO WORK WITH YOU ON THE BOOK": WARMLY INSCRIBED BY ERIC CLAPTON AND GEORGE HARRISON IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION TO THE ILLUSTRATOR, RENOWNED POP ARTIST PETER BLAKE—24 NIGHTS, DELUXE LIMITED BOOK-AND-CD SET, ADDITIONALLY SIGNED BY BOTH CLAPTON AND BLAKE
(CLAPTON, Eric) (HARRISON, George) BLAKE, Peter; TAYLOR, Derek. 24 Nights. Scrapbook. The Drawings of Peter Blake. WITH: 24 Nights. Commentary. Derek Taylor. Guildford, England: Genesis Publications, (1991). Quarto, original half green cloth, pictorial boards (Scrapbook); Octavo, original pictorial boards (Commentary). WITH: Two audio compact discs, housed in original matching folder. WITH: Replicas of a laminate backstage pass, guitar string and copies of four guitar picks used by Clapton. Housed together in original clamshell box. $10000.
Signed limited first edition of a lavish production issued to commemorate Eric Clapton's record 24-night performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 1991, this unique and most desirable copy warmly inscribed by both Eric Clapton and George Harrison to the illustrator, renowned British pop artist Peter Blake—inscribed by Clapton on the title page, "Dear Peter, it's been great to work with you on the book, Eric Clapton '91," and by Harrison on the title page verso, "To Peter with lots of love George Harrison, 1991" with Harrison's sketch of a smiling face. This is number 1049 of 3500 copies signed on the limitation page by Clapton (dated "91") and illustrator Blake. Includes a folio-size scrapbook illustrated with numerous photographs and collages (most full-page and in color), and drawings by Blake—best known for his sleeve design for the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band—a companion volume of commentary by Derek Taylor, as well as two audio compact discs featuring Clapton and his band playing live at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 1991.
"In January 1987, Clapton undertook the first of what would become an annual series of multi-night stands at London's Royal Albert Hall" (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)—this volume commemorates the 24-night stand Clapton and his band delivered in 1991. "The original idea, from which all of this has sprung, was that I would sit for Peter Blake, and he would draw me, and we would then have a great album cover and a work of art in one, simple as that… But Peter would have none of it, he wanted rather to become an observer, and make a series of sketches of myself at work, in rehearsals, an in concert, before committing himself to one portrait… This then is the result of his investigation, and by combining that with the magnificent literary skills of Derek Taylor, and the creative drive and imagination of David Costa's design department, my dear friend Brian Roylance has succeeded in putting together a wonderful package" (Clapton's introduction). While it may seem strange for George Harrison to have inscribed this volume, in 1992, just one year after the concerts and commemoration of 24 Nights, Harrison undertook a tour of Japan with Clapton and his band—a tour that was commemorated in similar fashion by the same publisher, Genesis. Genesis also produced the two-volume work Songs of George Harrison, the first volume published in 1987, the second in 1992. Includes replicas of a laminate backstage pass, a guitar string, and replicas of four guitar picks used by Clapton.
Fine condition. A most desirable copy inscribed to a preeminent artist by two of rock and roll's greatest legends.