John Fogerty Says Writing His Revealing 'Fortunate Son' Memoir 'Was a Lot Harder Than I Ever Imagined'

John Fogerty Says Writing His Revealing 'Fortunate Son' Memoir 'Was a Lot Harder Than I Ever Imagined'

Growing up I'd see all these people on Johnny Carson, 'So and so has a book, this athlete has a book, that movie star has a book' and all that. It's an event in your life to do something like that -- but it wasn't easy."

It was, however, cathartic. Fortunate Son balances both hard times, including his parents' divorce when he was young, and difficulties in his personal adult life, with the joy of making music -- and having abundant hits with Creedence Clearwater Revival. He not surprisingly dives deep into CCR's inner-workings and particularly the conflicts with the other band members and with Fantasy Records and its late founder Saul Zaentz. The book (which Billboard exclusively excerpted) is particularly detailed about the "betrayal" Fogerty felt when the other....

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