Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music

By John Fogerty, Jimmy McDonough


The long-awaited memoir from John Fogerty, the mythical singer-songwriter and artistic strength at the back of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Creedence Clearwater Revival is without doubt one of the most crucial and loved bands within the heritage of rock, and John Fogerty wrote, sang, and produced their immediately recognizable classics: "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," "Born at the Bayou," and extra. Now he unearths how he introduced CCR to no 1 on the earth, eclipsing even the Beatles in 1969. via the subsequent 12 months, even though, Creedence used to be falling aside; their notable, enduring good fortune exploded and pale in exactly a couple of brief years.

FORTUNATE SON takes readers from Fogerty's Northern California roots, via Creedence's luck and the retreat from song and public lifestyles, to his hard-won revival as a solo artist who eventually discovered love.

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You’ve misplaced your existence mark downs, every little thing you’ve earned from being the number 1 band on this planet. All that source of revenue out of your songs, songwriting, files, concerts—it’s simply all long past. Now, in my very own form of stumbling means, I saved attempting to remain present in track, and that i had obtained an ARP 2600 synthesizer. It stricken me that you may play just one notice at a time in this mono keyboard. all of sudden, correct in the midst of this poor day, I had an epiphany. I should still procedure the synth like an orchestral composer, mixing unmarried notes into chords. It was once similar to what i used to be doing as in my bed room with that add-a-track tape recorder and my guitar. and that i created this delightful—I suggest delightful—little piece of song. It appeared like little birdies, little crickets, and every kind of little animals making a song jointly. almost like a Disney caricature. It used to be absolutely shaped and discovered, correct there after I bought the inside track approximately my rate reductions disappearing. and that i named this piece of tune “Springtime within the Bahamas. ” I don’t understand the place the heck that recording is now. I’d prefer to listen it. regardless of the gorgeous tune, i used to be frustrated. thoroughly enraged. and that i grew resolute: “They ain’t getting away with it. no matter what it takes. ” i made a decision i wanted an emblem. i guess van Gogh would’ve bring to an end an ear. In my brain, I pictured myself as a pirate status at the deck of a boat, battling overwhelming odds, brandishing my final swords and a type of little flintlock weapons, yelling, “Arrrrgh. ” A pirate has rings. So I went to the neighborhood mall and received my ear pierced. In 1977 you didn’t see men strolling round donning jewelry. no one had an earring then. not anyone. whilst I got here domestic, Martha and the youngsters have been like, “Ooooh-kay. ” all people concept that the earring used to be lovely unusual. yet i used to be all on my own dealing with this. i used to be doing this by myself. After my preliminary motion to have my money withdrawn from fortress financial institution and the resultant anxiousness that the money may perhaps simply move lacking, I were educating my very own legal professionals and accountants to do so… to “find the money. ” Slowly, it all started to sunrise on me that I had an even bigger challenge than simply my lifestyles rate reductions being lacking. The IRS was once going to insist that I pay source of revenue tax although the cash used to be lacking. and so they have been most likely going to call for taxes on cash that had long past (supposedly) directly into citadel Bank—without ever having been in my ownership. Yikes! i used to be relatively nervous concerning the effects of this plan. If it was once now not felony, did that suggest i'd visit felony? What if I didn’t manage to pay for to pay the taxes? I didn’t have a lot funds on the time—would i must make more cash sooner or later to pay taxes on source of revenue from the previous? i presumed approximately Joe Louis, the previous heavyweight champion of the realm. issues had long past so undesirable for Joe that it took an act of Congress to forgive his bills. was once I going to finish up like him? I wasn’t yes how I should still consider concerning the pros that I already had engaged on this. finally, lots of them have been additionally representing my ex-bandmates, and people men didn’t are looking to get out of the plan.

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