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Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival

by Hank Bordowitz

Editorial: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
ISBN: 9781556526619
Número de páginas: 400
Formatos: pdf, ePub, mobi, fb2
Tamaño de archivo: 10 Mb
Fecha de publicación: 2020-05-27
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"Who'll Stop the Rain"..."Fortunate Son"..."Proud Mary"..."Down on the Corner"..."Green River"..."Lookin' Out My Back Door".... From 1968 to 1971, Creedence Clearwater Revival were the great American rock band, ruling the charts and reviving an American roots-rock sound that was unequaled. Through the catchy songwriting, vibrant guitar playing, and strong vocals of leader John Fogerty, the group captured the imaginations of their generation. The story began with two brothers, Tom and John Fogerty, who shared a love of rock and roll. Tom was the elder and original leader and singer; John was the guitar whiz whose talents could not be denied. John's school chums Stu Cook and Doug Clifford joined forces with the Fogertys to form a band that was first called the Blue Velvets, then the Golliwogs (in an ill-fated attempt to cash in on the Beatles' fame), and finally found its name -- and true calling -- when in 1967 they declared themselves to be Creedence Clearwater Revival. As John's vocal and songwriting skills blossomed, Tom wisely gave him center stage. Yet, it was not an easy ride to fame; Fogerty's creative leadership was resented by the other band members, and ill-conceived contracts with their management and record company left the group laden with crippling financial burdens. Plus, as the other three members fought for recognition and an equal say in the band's repertory and sound, internal dissension grew. First John's brother Tom quit to pursue a solo career, and then the remaining trio was torn apart by further artistic differences. When the band dissolved in 1972, John Forgerty should have been able to continue as a successful solo performer. Instead, still burdened by a souring relationship with his record label, bad publishing deals, and tangled contracts, his career quickly fizzled, and he abandoned the sound and repertoire that he helped create. The upshot has been over a quarter-century of legal wrangling, broken careers, and -- saddest of all -- lost potential. This book reveals it all, as told by the surviving band members, their producers, business associates, close friends, and families. Drawing on thousands of documents and court records -- many made available to this author for the first time -- the tragic and triumphant tale of one of America's most beloved bands unfolds. Years of detective work reveal how a combination of music-industry misdealings and artistic, personal, and family dissension brought down one of the greatest groups in the history of rock.