June 7, 2013

Story Behind the Shreds and Threads

The flannel shirts he wore were simple, inexpensive, warm and quite colorful. Some were probably even hand-me-downs from his older brothers. In truth, it wasn’t at all about material things.

John grew up in a lower middle-class family, the middle of five boys. He bought his very first guitar with his paper route money at the young age of 11. He bought the guitar on layaway at Sears – the same place he bought the flannel shirts. His single mother of five drove him there and co-signed for her son to buy the guitar. He paid off the layaway over time and brought his first guitar home.

The boy who grew up with such humble beginnings and blessed us with so many wonderful stories through his music never forgot where he came from. John has always remained true to himself…in or out of style.

1 response to Story Behind the Shreds and Threads

  1. John you’re my hero since I was 20 (and I’m 62 now!). Creedence continued to exist for me even when Creedence didn’t exist more. None replaced you – in flat sharing with the Beatles – in my own musical pantheon. Many greetings from Italy and come again soon!