Fortunate Son

Fortunate Son

My Life, My Music

Large Print - 2015
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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 readers 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.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2015, ©2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780316387736
Branch Call Number: LPE 782. 42092 FOG F
Characteristics: viii, 549 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: McDonough, Jimmy - Author

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filled with interesting anecdotes, john f. gets serious, too, analyzing the group dynamics and chemistry. he doesn't stint on the stories where he behaves badly, either (isn't that refreshing for the field of autobiography). john was in the military, and I think it left a strong impression on him. too little about the old home town, though. but then, who else really wants to sift through memories of El Cerrito or elsewhere in the environs of northern Alameda county, anyway? well-written, ghostwriter.

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normf3
Jan 07, 2017

I just happened upon this book while browsing at a bookstore. I am a big CCR fan from when I was a kid and didn't know John Fogerty was still as active as he is. The story of CCR's breakup and John's legal struggles is reasonably well-known, but this is the story straight from his mouth. The book is conversational and easy to read. It starts off a little slow, with John telling of his childhood and musical influences. Many of us are probably too young to know of the artists that influenced him. The book then progresses into where CCR's songs came from and what they mean. That's probably the most fascinating part and what most people are curious about. [How does a SF Bay Area boy come up with songs about the bayou?] The book then moves onto Creedence's difficulties and then John's legal problems. This is the saddest part - the other band members becoming jealous and betraying him. Another on the list of artists screwed by their record company. Not owning the songs you wrote yourself is just crazy. The book does have a happy ending, but who knows what legal issues could arise?

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herpwop1
Jul 02, 2016

As a big fan of Fogerty, I wanted to read this autobiography. I didn't realize that he was the writer, producer and everything guy behind CCR. Their record company, Fantasy,cheated the group and gave them bad advice to boot. John was not able to let go of his anger and frustration against the record company and his own bandmates, who sold their rights to the company owner. He was involved in a number of lawsuits that went on for years. Thankfully, he found a wife who was able to help him through these difficult times and he now is in a much better place. John is an incredible songwriter and musician and I'm sure writing this was a catharsis. Hopefully he will continue to create wonderful music in the future.

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caseybelle
Apr 14, 2016

Seems we are getting a lot of these memory books. Eagle Metal Revival non-fiction. All seem to offer more lawyer vs. lawyer than insight. Miles Davis and Duke Ellington would never expose themselves like this, Patti Smith for that matter and she can write. This book is OK but really Who Cares. At least he mentors the Blues.

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Jeffsuke
Mar 20, 2016

An easy read and great insight into a true music legend. I never understood all his troubles of the past In his book he lays it all out there.
Highly recommended.

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fdb045
Mar 17, 2016

Excellent read. Well written, great story.

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dirtbag1
Mar 04, 2016

John tells his story. Easy reading and soul baring. Sleazy recording companies, disloyal bandmates, alcoholism. A life of ups and downs to be sure. Now in his early 70's he says he's found happiness.

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