Guildford: Genesis Publications, 1991. Item #04326
Signed by Eric Clapton and the Artist
CLAPTON, Eric. BLAKE, Peter. HARRISON, George. TAYLOR, Derek. 24 Nights. The Limited Edition. The Music of Eric Clapton. The Drawings of Peter Blake. Commentary by Derek Taylor. Guildford: Genesis Publications, 1991.
Limited to 3500 numbered copies signed by Clapton and Blake of which this is number 1463.
Two volumes: Quarto (11 7/8 x 8 3/8 inches; 302 x 213 mm.) in quarter leather over illustrated boards, and octavo (8 1/4 x 5 7/8 inches; 211 x 149 mm.) in illustrated boards. , 125, ; , [2, blank], 58 pp. Lavishly color illustrated throughout. With accompanying two CDs and all called-for ephemera. Housed within publisher's deluxe clamshell box. An immaculate copy, very fine. Housed in the original cardboard shipping carton.
A celebration in art and words of the greatest guitarist of our generation on the occasion of the twenty-four concerts at the Royal Albert Hall that climaxed Clapton's 1990-1991 Grand Tour. In scrapbook/collage/multi-media form by Blake, one of the twentieth century's greatest pop artists, and with a separate, appreciative essay by Taylor, one of pop music's most respected journalists, press agent for The Beatles, and close friend to so many of its luminaries.
Sir Peter Thomas Blake (b. 1932, is an English pop artist, best known for his album cover design for The Beatles' classic, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. "During the late 1950s, Blake became one of the best known British pop artists. His paintings from this time included imagery from advertisements, music hall entertainment, and wrestlers, often including collaged elements. Blake was included in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and had his first one person exhibitions in 1960. It was with the 'Young Contemporaries' exhibition of 1961 where he was exhibited alongside David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj that he was first identified with the emerging British Pop Art movement. Blake won the (1961) John Moores junior award for his work Self Portrait with Badges. He first came to wider public attention when, along with Pauline Boty, Derek Boshier and Peter Phillips, he featured in Ken Russell's film on pop art, Pop Goes the Easel, which was broadcast on BBC television in 1962. From 1963 Blake was represented by Robert Fraser which placed him at the centre of swinging London and brought him into contact with leading figures of popular culture" (Wikipedia).
British journalist Derek Taylor (1932-1997) was the first to give The Beatles a rave review in a mainstream newspaper. Becoming close with the group and its manager, Brian Epstein, he soon took charge of all Beatles' press relations. George Harrison's song Blue Jay Way was written during his 1967 visit to California, on a foggy night waiting for buddy Derek Taylor and his wife to come visit ("There's a fog upon L.A. / And my friends have lost their way"). He handled press for The Beach Boys, The Byrds, and many others, including Harry Nilsson. In 1967, he co-conceived and co-produced the Monterey Pop Festival.
Ephemera: Backstage Pass; "Badge" badge; Four (4) E.C. guitar picks: tortoise, red, turquoise, and black; One (1) Ernie Ball custom gauge guitar string in original packaging. All within the Blake-illustrated envelope as issued.
With facsimile inscriptions from Clapton to Blake on the title page and from George Harrison (with flower drawing) to Blake on the copyright page.
CDs: Eighteen (18) live recordings from the Royal Albert Hall, London 1990-1991, with guests Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Phil Collins, and the National Philharmonic Orchestra.