Where John Fogerty’s Songs Come From

Where John Fogerty’s Songs Come From

This moment, one of Fogerty’s earliest memories, is also the starting point of his new memoir, “Fortunate Son,” which goes on to detail his life as a songwriter and leader of the great American rock band, Creedence Clearwater Revival. “ ‘Oh! Susanna,’ I loved it then,” Fogerty told me. “It’s one of my favorite songs. I think, perhaps, what my mom may have done, accidentally, was set me off in a direction we would now, loosely, call ‘Americana.’ ”

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