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3.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good book to read, but flawed., December 4, 1998
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This review is from: BAD MOON RISING. The Unofficial History of Creedence Clearwater Revival (Hardcover)
I have to give the author credit for writing a book about this band, one of my favorite groups. This story should have been written some time ago. The book for the most part is well researched and fairly even-handed. People who might not know much about the band other than their (or more truthfully, Fogerty's) hits will be very surprised at how interesting and sad this story is. The biggest flaw I have with this book is that their is no John Fogerty interview for this book. To get Fogerty's side he uses past magazine and interviews in those articles and he uses them well. But since this is a complex and emotional story that is largley he said/they said, for me this is a vital missing element.Fogerty comes very badly in some sections of the book and while what was written and said may or may not be true, I feel it comes off very one-sided.Cook and Clifford (who came across to me as very ungrateful. I mean, John Fogerty was primarily the reason the band reached the heights they did. If it wasn't for him, they would not be where they are today)however, did give interviews for this book and at times while they are respectful, a good portion of the time they spent criticizing Fogerty's personality, methods, etc. ( again, if Fogerty is that bad, why do Cook and Clifford trying to get him to come back and re-form the band? It's obvious they can't make it on their own). Also, as Creedence Clearwater Revisited, the songs they play in concert, except "Suzy Q" and "I heard it Through the Grapevine" are all John Fogerty songs. The same John Fogerty they complain about. Cook and Clifford don't even sing their own songs off Mardi Gras ( they may be greedy, but they're not stupid. They know who made the money for them). It's these sort of contradictions that I wish the author would have expanded on and it's these things are why I think the book comes off as a bit one-sided. Overall, though, the author does a solid job of writing on this subject and since this is the only book written on Fogerty and the band, I recommend it.
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Initial post: Sep 10, 2012, 10:20:05 AM PDT
very well put!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2013, 9:03:23 AM PST
A good review. The musical control exerted by John Fogerty may have grated on Tom, but I think Stu and Doug were ultimately more upset by the poor business decisions that John made on their behalf. In the music business, it always boils down to money!

Posted on Jul 25, 2015, 10:48:19 PM PDT
John has refused to speak about CCR & what played out. - The constant lawsuits probably prohibit it. - He refused to perform with them when they were inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame. For 25 years he refused to perform ANY CCR songs, even those that he wrote. - It's silly to even think he would have considered giving an interview on the subject matter covered in this book.... maybe like when pigs fly.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015, 5:55:40 PM PDT
I like Doug Clifford's vocals on his solo record and Stu and Doug can carry a tune. They were a garage band to begin with you know.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2015, 10:08:49 PM PDT
I mostly agree with you. Doug's vocals on his solo album and the 3 songs on Mardi Gras were fine. He just wrote or picked wimpy songs. Stu cannot sing even with autotune but his track "Sail Away" was the best music on Mardi Gras and might have been a hit if John had sang.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016, 9:37:10 PM PDT
Bad Moon Rising seemed one sided because Fogerty refused to take part. Bordowitz says he tried to get Fogerty to talk, but he refused. Fogerty had his opportunity to get his side in there, but didn't take it. I think you need to read this PLUS Fogerty's memoir Fortunate Son to get a more complete picture of what happened. I think the truth is somewhere in the middle.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2016, 7:46:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 18, 2016, 7:48:40 PM PDT
Yes I have those books and your point is well taken. Fogerty signed my copy of Fortunate Son. I saw him talk at L.A. Live.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2016, 10:01:05 PM PDT
John Leonard says:
According to John, Stu was supposed to take the first contract they were given, and let his father, (who is an attorney), look it over and give his opinion of it. Based on how the contract was written, it was doubtful that Stu's father ever saw it.
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