I was very young,” John Fogerty said, late last month, on the phone from his home in California. “I was three, three and a half, maybe. My mom sat me down and presented me with a little children’s record. One side was ‘Oh! Susanna,’ which I really loved. The other side was ‘Camptown Races.’
Had John Fogerty managed to get every important story into Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music (Little, Brown), "you'd have 15,000 pages." Instead, the memoir, out Oct. 6, runs a little more than 400, covering the singer's childhood, his years as frontman for Creedence Clearwater Revival and the often difficult years that followed the group's acrimonious breakup.
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.'"
John Fogerty is as close as the U.S. gets to roll and roll royalty. With both his band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and as a solo act, Fogerty has singlehandedly provided the soundtrack to people’s lives for nearly 50 years.
"The production we've been doing certainly had extra elements, a lot of visual elements," says Fogerty, who plans to perform other band and solo favorites, from Have You Ever Seen the Rain? to Centerfield. "We're going to use that as a frame of reference, and see if we shake it up a little bit."