British rock and blues musician Eric Patrick Clapton CBE was born on March 30, 1945. Among rock music’s guitarists, he is considered a true legend.
On the list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Clapton came in at number two, and on Gibson’s list of the “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time,” he was ranked at number four. On Time’s 2009 list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players,” he was ranked #5.
Following his stints with several area bands, Clapton replaced Yardbirds founding guitarist Top Topham and officially joined the group in 1963. After the Yardbirds abandoned their blues-rock sound in favor of a more radio-friendly pop-rock style in 1965, Clapton left to join John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers.
When Clapton parted ways with Mayall after only one album together in 1966, he formed the power trio Cream with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce, in which he played “arty, blues-based psychedelic pop” and extended improvisations in the blues tradition. Following the dissolution of Cream in November of 1968, he joined forces with Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech to form the blues rock band, Blind Faith. Beginning in 1970, Clapton performed under his own name.
Eric Clapton, who has spent the better part of the last few months protesting COVID-19 lockdowns and vaccines and refusing to play shows that require proof of vaccination, now appears to have adopted a controversial theory claiming that secret messages are allegedly being hidden inside YouTube videos in order to drive mass compliance with COVID precautions.
I was like, ‘What the heck is going on?’ I wasn’t aware of this. Clapton explained his decision to join forces with his old friend, and fellow lockdown opponent, Van Morrison, for the anti-lockdown screed “Stand and Deliver,” as well as release his own similar take, “This Has Gotta Stop,” on the YouTube channel the Real Music Observer.
Psychology professor Mattias Desmet advocates the idea
That we are all suffering from a “mass psychosis” in regards to COVID-19, and Eric Clapton told the host of a YouTube channel that he had gotten the memo in the form of this theory. The theory asserts that covert groups are attempting to hypnotize the populace into submission by spreading messages urging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and take other preventative measures.
Popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience a common source of inaccurate and medically questionable information about the pandemic helped spread the theory in December 2021, despite widespread debunking. According to Clapton, after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, he became so ill that he could not play his guitar for months due to severe nerve damage in his fingers.
Without a doubt, my professional life was over. Almost 18 months had passed since I’d been “forcefully retired” before he spoke out, he told Real Music Observer. I teamed up with Van and went into battle alongside him. It was relayed to me that Van was resisting the measures. And I wondered, “Why isn’t anybody else doing this?” And our history goes way back; I’ve known him since we were both very young. And I reached out to him. So I asked him, “What do you think?” To ask, “What the heck is going on?” And he said, “I’m just objecting, really.” The problem is that it appears we are forbidden from doing so. Plus, no one else is doing it. The response I gave was, “You have got to be kidding. Do you mean there’s no one else out there?
“Nobody” showed interest in hearing his songs protesting the lockdown
Clapton was mystified and surprised. This only served to further test his mettle. “I was raised to question authority and to demand an explanation for any limitation placed on my abilities. It was as if a barrier had been erected around me. But I thought, ‘I’m going to do this,'” he said, adding that he had removed some of Morrison’s lyrics “just to pacify those that I really didn’t want to hurt… or scare.” Nonetheless, he reported that some of his loved ones had expressed concern.
When he heard the theory that pro-vaccination videos contained subliminal messages, he said, “I could see it then – once I kind of started to look for it, I saw it everywhere… ” Then I recalled seeing clips on YouTube that were basically subliminal ads; the whole “you will own nothing and be happy” thing had been going on for a long time. In reference to the purported mind control on YouTube, Clapton said, “And I thought, ‘What does that mean? ‘”
People who advocate for vaccines have been called “complete morons” and “hiveminds” by Real Music Observer, and recent videos have titles like “Meat Loaf Possible Cause of Death Being Used Against People Who Love Freedom” and “Pink Floyd Legend Nick Mason Cancels All His 2022 Shows Due to the Thingdemic.”
The fact that I was able to piece together a rough jigsaw puzzle style was a huge motivational boost. Thus, I transitioned to reading the latest news from Britain and England. Our nation is fortunate to have the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), which has traditionally provided a balanced perspective on international and national news. As Clapton elaborated in the interview titled “Eric Clapton Versus the Hivemind,” “and suddenly it was completely one-way traffic about following orders and obedience.”
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