The long-awaited memoir from John Fogerty, the legendary singer-songwriter and creative force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Creedence Clearwater Revival is one of the most important and beloved bands in the history of rock, and John Fogerty wrote, sang, and produced their instantly recognizable classics: "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising", "Born on the Bayou", and more. Now he reveals how he brought CCR to number one in the world, eclipsing even the Beatles in 1969. By the next year, though, Creedence was falling apart; their amazing, enduring success exploded and faded in just a few short years.
Fortunate Son takes listeners from Fogerty's Northern California roots through Creedence's success and the retreat from music and public life to his hard-won revival as a solo artist who finally found love.
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The Real Story
I’ve seen a few documentaries about CCR, and they’re always from the angle of the guys in the band, or worse yet, managers. But the real story is simple: John Fogerty was, and still is, a true talent who wrote, arranged and produced his music, all the while pulling the weight of his mediocre bandmates to stardom. He was swindled by his record company, bandmates, close advisers, and pretty much lost everything. Even as he went solo, the greed of the people from his past still sought to steel from him. The redemption of his story is that he has buried his past and moved on to a new, rewarding life.
John still seems bitter, but it’s a darn good book. His former bandmates and management appear to be complete knuckleheads. In some ways I think he should have taken some more personal responsibility, but, overall sounds like he got screwed.