ERIC CLAPTON: Time to Show the Doc

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After screenings at various film festival and in theaters, A Life in 12 Bars, the Eric Clapton documentary, premieres this Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

Clocking in at two hours-and-15 minutes, the film covers his life with an emphasis on his upbringing by his grandparents -- he thought his mother was his sister, only for her to eventually abandon him.

It also delves heavily into his heroin addiction and alcoholism, showing clips of him drunk on stage and being belligerent to the audience.

There of course is his love for Pattie Boyd, who, at the time was married to George Harrison. Funny thing though, they never mention Eric marrying or divorcing her. It also delves heavily into the writing of "Layla," which is about his love for his best friend's wife.

Some of the best footage is a conversation he had with Jimi Hendrix, and how, after Hendrix died, Clapton said he was disappointed Hendrix didn't take him with him. There is also a clip in which he says he has a death wish.

There are also interview clips and footage of him working with Duane Allmanin Derek and the Dominos, as well as recording "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with The Beatles.

And perhaps the most moving segment is when he talks about his son Conor, who was killed when he fell out the window of a New York City apartment at four-and-a-half years of age in 1991.

Among the more noticeably missing parts of his life is the Rainbow concert, organized by Pete Townshend in 1973 as a way to get Eric out of the house during his self-imposed heroin exile.

And of course, like most autobiographies, the film covers the last 40 years of his life in the final 30 or so minutes.

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