John Fogerty talks about his up­com­ing mem­oir


Af­ter nib­bling on a few fin­ger sand­wiches at teatime, John Fogerty now feels en­er­gized to talk about his up­com­ing mem­oir and sum­mer con­cert tour.

Aptly called “1969,” the 41- city tour rep­re­sents that pro­lific year for Cree­dence Clear­wa­ter Re­vival: They re­leased three al­bums — and Fogerty wrote one of the most pro­found protests songs of all time.

“For­tu­nate Son” took a harsh look at Amer­ica’s in­equities dur­ing the mil­i­tary draft for the Viet­nam War.

“It just seemed like the young male sons of rich peo­ple were man­ag­ing to es­cape be­ing drafted or at least be­ing sent to places that weren’t danger­ous,” Fogerty re­cently told the As­so­ci­ated Press.

In­stead, the poor and mid­dle class were shipped over­seas to fight in the war. “I re­ally took a harsh look at that,” the Army vet­eran said.

Iron­i­cally, Fogerty de­cided to name his mem­oir af­ter the song. Pub­lished by Lit­tle Brown, “For­tu­nate Son: My Life, My Mu­sic” comes out in Oc­to­ber.

While the 70- year- old Fogerty feels a lit­tle funny about it, he finds the ti­tle is ap­pro­pri­ate is a dif­fer­ent way.

“The words still mean what they mean and yet to call my own book ‘ For­tu­nate Son’ is cer­tainly some sort of a leap,” he said.

“As I a kid I wanted to make mu­sic and dreamed about be­ing like my mu­si­cal he­roes and even­tu­ally it came true. I have be­come very for­tu­nate, so that’s my take on the use of the phrase now.”

Un­til then, Fogerty is on tour, play­ing a very Cree­dence- heavy set, but it wasn’t al­ways like that. Legal trou­bles with his band and record la­bel soured him on play­ing songs from his old band.

In the 1980s, he was sued by record la­bel, Fan­tasy Records for copy­ing his own song. They claimed his 1985 hit “The Old Man Down the Road” ripped off “Run Through the Jun­gle.” Both were writ­ten by Fogerty, but the la­bel owned the copy­right. A jury sided with Fogerty.

There was also bad blood with his for­mer band mates, in­clud­ing his brother Tom, who passed away in 1990, over con­trol of the band and a va­ri­ety of is­sues. They were also in court over roy­al­ties owed to Fogerty by per­form­ing his songs.

The prob­lems were so in­tense that when the band was in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, Fogerty re­fused to per­form with them.

Now with those dark days be­hind him, Fogerty feels the book will come out at the right time.

“It’s no longer about hav­ing an axe to grind. If you asked me 15 years ago it might have been quite dif­fer­ent. A lot of stuff hap­pened to me in show busi­ness and my per­sonal life and there were cer­tainly pe­ri­ods where I was pretty an­gry and pretty bit­ter,” Fogerty said.

Now that his life is at peace — he’s now hap­pily mar­ried and plays mu­sic with his sons Shane and Tyler — Fogerty has no plans to re­unite with re­main­ing mem­bers of the band.

“Through the years I have left that ques­tion open. I think it’s safe to say the longer time you spend on the earth the more you re­al­ize you don’t know ev­ery­thing that gonna hap­pen, but the other fel­las re­cently made it dif­fi­cult for me to do it,” Fogerty said.

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