Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) were Bay Area music scene misfits: they eschewed the psychedelic excesses and drug use of their contemporaries while adhering to a strict work ethic that led to a prolific string of hit albums and singles from 1968 to 1972, including their most famous anthem, "Proud Mary." But the thing that made the group a success--the rigid creative control wielded by singer-songwriter-producer John Fogerty--also destroyed the group as the other three members struggled for more input. In his first book, and the first major biography of the band, freelance music writer Bordowitz brings CCR's complex story to life, from their decade-long struggle for success to the bitter in-fighting over the group's legacy that continues 25 years after Creedence self-destructed. Bordowitz never takes sides or passes judgment yet brilliantly illuminates the tragedy of CCR's lost potential. Demand may be heightened by Fogerty's current comeback album and tour. Highly recommended.
--Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA
Though only together for a few years, CCR captured the imagination of a generation with leader John Fogerty's catchy songwriting, vibrant guitar playing, and strong vocals. It was not an easy ride to fame; ill-conceived contracts with their management and record company left the group burdened with crippling artistic obligations and relatively little to show for their work. This book tells it all through interviews with the surviving band members, their managers, producers, and families.