Fortunate Son

Fortunate Son

My Life, My Music

Book - 2015
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John Fogerty, the legendary singer-songwriter and creative force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival, takes readers from his 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 :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316244572
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 F6557F
Characteristics: viii, 406 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: McDonough, Jimmy - Author


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Aug 14, 2019

CCR isn't CCR without
John, So stop the BS other members, he
deserves his royalties rightly so.
Get with the program John is the voice of

Dec 15, 2018

Excellent book.
This autobiography confirms that Saul Zaentz/Fantasy Records and the three other members of C.C.R. stole from John Fogerty.
Not only did Zaentz break his promises, and even later sued John, the other band members were part of the conspiracy to defraud John.
Yes, even including his brother, all the while they were reaping the rewards from John equally sharing in royalties on all the songs he wrote.

Jan 07, 2018

I knew some of the back story of Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) through the years growing up in the S.F. Bay Area. I recall reading a short interview brother Tom Fogerty once gave to a local publication; in it he gave the origin story of the band's name. This corroborates what John Fogerty has written in this book. I was really struck by John's commitment to his craft and musicianship: He really conveys a sense of being grateful for the opportunity to perform and give the audience what they paid for. He is, and always was, adamant about no drug or alcohol use when performing. He further believes when giving a performance, the artists should walk onto the stage, be ready, and begin their set - no 20 minute tuning sets á la The Grateful Dead. (John Fogerty actually makes this comparison without too much judgment on his contemporaries.)
The most revealing part of the book for me is Chapter 19 where he pulls no punches with respect to former bandmates Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, brother Tom, and of course Fantasy Records owner Saul Zaentz. I was a bit saddened to learn he encountered even further legal battles with Fantasy after releasing his comeback album "Centerfield". The record company claimed at least one song on the latter album was a rip-off of an earlier Creedance work that they (record company) held the rights to.
It was an enjoyable and insightful book. Some content was a little sappy and overly glowing about wife Julie, but I was happy to read anything John Fogerty is willing to reveal about his public and private life. A nice bonus is some of the photographs he included: early family photos, early band photos (when they were "The Golliwogs"!), Creedence in their prime, etc.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Mar 17, 2016

Excellent read. Well written, great story.

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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