John Fogerty's new book, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, was partially born out frustration with the way he often saw his story portrayed in the press. "I'd talk to a newspaper or magazine, and what I said never really came out right," he says. "In fact, it really looked bad in print when I saw myself complaining or anything about something. Finally I just said to myself, 'I'm gonna write a book.'"
He began the process about eight years ago by hiring someone to interview him on video camera about his entire life. "I was asked a zillion questions in an attempt to get the whole story out of me," he says. "I don't know how many hours we shot, but it ended up not being a book then." They wound up calling up Jimmy McDonough, best known for his stellar 2002 Neil Young biography Shakey, and had him put the pieces together. "I want to stress that this is not ghost-written," says Fogerty. "Jimmy mainly acted as the interviewer. He said to me, 'John, this book is in your voice.'"
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