“The Voice” season 9 has officially wrapped the Blind Auditions, which then of course is going to bring you to the next stage in the Battle Rounds. We’ve never been a huge fan of this stage, but we do at least like that Adam Levine has an adviser in John Fogerty who knows a ton about performing and giving the best performances possible. He’s no newbie to this industry, and has a lot of wisdom to impart.
For one incredible 12-month run, this blue-collar kid from a San Francisco suburb had been the leader of a band that reshaped popular music. In 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival sold more records and had more hit songs — including classics like "Proud Mary," "Lodi," "Green River" and "Bad Moon Rising" — than even the Beatles.
I spoke to John Fogerty, lead guitarist for the band Creedence Clearwater Revival, about how his upbringing in Berkeley contributed to his long term success, how the business of music has changed since he started, how he was able to recruit a strong team (band), what he learned as a solo artist and his best tips to today’s musicians.
John Fogerty had to be talked into writing his revealing new memoir -- Fortunate Son: My LIfe, My Music, which publishes on Tuesday.
"The push, or the incentive, really came from my wife (and manager) Julie," Fogerty tells Billboard. "I don't know that I would've kept at it had it been only my idea. The process was certainly a lot harder than I ever imagined...."