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One of The Washington Post's Notable Nonfiction Books of 2015

"A natural storyteller, folksy and crusty, Fogerty chronicles the brief but brilliant success of his band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and its tragic collapse."―Greg Schneider, The Washington Post

"A classic rock 'n' roll survivor's tale."―Mark Guarino, The Chicago Tribune

"A very readable, fascinating account of John Fogerty's life.... One of the best stories of the entire '60s rock 'n' roll era, it is Fogerty's, it is here, and it's worth reading his whole account of the thing. Glad it finally arrived."―Dave DiMartino, Yahoo! Music

"Fortunate Son will take you on a fascinating journey in the tormented artist's own voice."―Ken Hoffman, Houston Chronicle

"It is fitting that writing--i.e., songwriting--is the main theme of Fogerty's biography, which was penned with the same depth of feeling as his music.... But this isn't just an account of one musician's ups and downs with art and life; Fogerty has created a solid study of popular music over the past 50 years."―Publishers Weekly

"A cracking good storyteller."―Henry L. Carrigan, Jr., BookPage

About the Author

John Fogerty was songwriter, lead singer, and lead guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival and is one of rock's most influential musicians and writers.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316244570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316244572
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mike O'Connor TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 11, 2015
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Creedence Clearwater is the classic story of a talented if business-naive songwriter/musician whom ran afoul of a sleazy record company who took him and the other members of his group for everywhere they could. John Fogerty's reward for giving the world such rock classics as PROUD MARY, RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE, BORN ON THE BAYOU and SWEET HITCHHIKER was to be trapped in a twisted web of impossible contracts, shady businessmen and even betrayal by the others in the group. That he survived and eventually rediscovered his musical muse is a measure of the man. FORTUNATE SON is Fogerty's version of those tumultuous but often soul-crushing years. A 2015 Little, Brown release, FORTUNATE SON finally tells music fans 'the rest of the (CCR) story.'

That story has been told over the years, sometimes in bits and pieces, sometimes in self-serving accounts by band members. Basically, Fogerty, his brother Tom, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford signed their lives, copyrights and almost all their profits away to Saul Zaentz and Fantasy Records. When CCR folded, Fogerty, being the talent in the group, found himself still chained to Zaentz in terms of new product. The money Fogerty had earned was buried in Fantasy's legal labyrinth and, despite, years of legal wrangling, never came back to him. After hitting rock bottom, Fogerty was saved by the love on a new wife and began making music again.

Fogerty's book may strike some as bitter and vindictive but court battles have revealed the truth behind his statements.
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I love good Rock memoirs and this one was stellar. I've always thought that Creedence Clearwater Revival was one of the best American bands ever and mourned their breakup. In this book, Fogerty explains why. Poor guy - he was totally screwed over by Fantasy records and the rest of CCR became very jealous of him, so much so that he made a decision to be as far away from the camera as he could during album cover shots (check out Cosmo's Factory). It's a testimony to Fogerty's talent that when the other members of CCR wanted to write and perform and when he agreed, the resulting album (Mardi Gras) was terrible. John Fogerty WAS Creedence Clearwater Revival and has since gone on to have a stellar solo career and a happy family life. He deserves it.
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Finally, after 45 years, the REAL truth about Creedance Clearwater Reviaval and Saul Zaentz comes out.Just read in One Day, John Fogerty's Newly released autobiography "Fortunate Son" In it he cuts away ALL THE BULL S*** from Hank Bordowitz's Book "Bad Moon Rising (Unauthorized bio of Creedance Clearwater Revival) and exposes band members Stu Cook, Doug Clifford and brother Tom for all the deceitful and ingratitude he got from them over the LAST 40 years, even thu it was his talent that took CCR to the TOP of the music world!! He also exposes the hateful record company Fantasy Records and owner Saul Zanentz for all the hateful way they handled CCR and John himself. (He is the ONLY musician that got sued for plagiarizing "himself", Fantasy vs Fogerty, which John won in the United States Supreme Court!!!! In the book, John pulls NO punches, he talks about his dark days after the break up of CCR and the lawsuite (after the release of the LP Centerrfield in 1986) and his use of alcohol and even the idea of suicide. But, if all you have read in "Bad Moon Rising" (which is VERY Slanted towards the other band members and Fantasy Records and which John is NEVER interviewed for) you really do NOT know the whole truth!!!. John Also talks about WHY he refused to play with the other band members
at CCR's induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which they knew he was NOT going to way before the ceremony, even thu they claim other wise in Bordowtz's book. This is a MUST read for ALL CCR and John Fogerty Fans!!!! NOW THE REAL TRUTH HAS FINALLY COME OUT!!! After 45 years. I would give this book 10 or more stars if I could!!!!!!!
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Rock legend and songwriter extraordinaire John Forgerty has written a very enjoyable memoir, a fast read that's hard to put down. John describes his childhood, the early band days, CCR's huge hits, and, of course, the acrimonious falling out with his band-mates, whom he paints as jealous, lazy, and only marginally talented. He describes himself as a lonely loner who was reticent to open up about feelings until he met his second wife (the first wife gets short shrift here).

Much of the book is devoted to his years-long legal problems with Fantasy Records and endless law suits.

His fans will enjoy learning about where his song ideas came from. He clearly loves two things in this life: His music and his family. Recommended.
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John Fogerty… with Creedence Clearwater Revival… and on his own… is one of the greatest selling Rock And Roll stars of all time. During the couple of year’s span of Creedence… they outsold the Beatles. Before this book was released I saw a P.R. video that said John was going to tell the truth and not hold anything back… and in my opinion… he followed through on that with flying colors!

The author takes us back to his early childhood… and people near his age… will find that highly nostalgic. It’s amazing… how very young children were allowed (not really “allowed”… but what other way was there???) to walk unattended to school and other places. Way before his teen years he was taking multiple bus connections on his own to some schools. As far as my aforementioned statement of the truth John tells… much of it… must have been unpleasant to retell. Such as the fact that both his parents were alcoholics… and his Father was even committed once for mental issues. The author shares his very early connection and love of music… and to a non-musician… I found it fascinating how he constantly educated himself… and even all the “Rube-Goldberg” musical inventions he hodge-podged together to get different unique sounds. (This was way before the time when you simply touched a key on a computer).

I’m a few years younger than Fogerty… so I definitely loved Rock And Roll… but about twenty-five years ago… I fell in love with true electric blues… and have completely immersed myself in it and learned everything possible about it. So imagine my exuberant surprise… when I found out in this book… that John loved the blues… and was immensely influenced by the blues. John says: “I got into the blues at seven.
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