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Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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"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
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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.Read more ›
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!!!!!!!
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.
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.Read more ›
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John Fogerty is a good storyteller and his genius as well as his torture comes through here (a bunch of legal hassles and betrayals were the torture part). Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Bill O'Hanlon
Too much mumbo jumbo about instruments instead doing creedencePublished 2 days ago by Thomas Philson
Huge John Fogerty fan. I was disappointed in this book. I really expected more details into his music. Die hard Fogerty fans will read this because it is an autobiography.Published 2 days ago by Carson
Incredible journey by an incredible musician. Fortunate son takes you back to the days when the music scene was exploding and in most cases, the inmates ran the asylum. Read morePublished 4 days ago by r.t.
John Fogerty is a true icon in America’s rock music history, and in “Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music” (2015 publication; 448 pages, including 32 full-color photograph pages)... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Paul Allaer
good read by a good guy who made great music. docked a notch by him using the adjective"cool" over a hundred timesPublished 7 days ago by Andrew Witkin
Some really good insights into the creative process. He really worked hard, and was so successful, I was impressed on his approach to his writing as well as his attitude towards... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Patrice Stone
I had previously read the book about Creedence Clearwater Revival detailing the bands history and legal struggles with Fantasy Records. Read morePublished 12 days ago by john a. seymour