Bad Moon Rising: The Unofficial History of Creedence Clearwater Revival

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9780028648705: Bad Moon Rising: The Unofficial History of Creedence Clearwater Revival

Rightly called the saddest story in rock 'n' roll history, this Creedence biography--newly updated with stories from band members, producers, business associates, close friends, and families--recounts the tragic and triumphant tale of one of America's most beloved bands. Hailed as the great American rock band from 1968 to 1971, Creedence Clearwater Revival captured the imaginations of a generation with classic hits like "Proud Mary," "Down on the Corner," "Green River," "Born on the Bayou," and "Who'll Stop the Rain." Mounting tensions among bandmates over vibrant guitarist and lead vocalist John Fogerty's creative control led to the band's demise. Tracing the lives of four musicians who redefined an American roots-rock sound with unequaled passion and power, this music biography exposes the bitter end and abandoned talent of a band left crippled by debt and dissension.

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"Bordowitz brings CCR's complex story to life ... [He] never takes sides or passes judgment yet brilliantly illuminates the tragedy of CCR's lost potential." -- Library Journal "Bordowitz's recounting of all the acrimony is well detailed and not too hyperbolic. This is a must reading for CCR-philes." -- Booklist "If Hank Bordowitz's Bad Moon Rising isn't 'the saddest story in rock 'n' roll,' ... it certainly comes within kissing distance." -- USA Today "A new, pretty good examination of the group." -- Houston Chronicle

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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. Yet, it was not an easy ride to fame; Fogerty’s creative leadership was resented by the other band members, and 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. The upshot has been a quarter-century of legal wrangling, broken careers, and—worst of all—lost potential. This book tells it all through interviews with the surviving band members, their managers, producers, and families. It draws on thousands of documents and court records—many made available to this author for the first time—to tell the group’s story.

Hank Bordowitz has contributed articles to Spin, Guitar Player and Musician, plus dozens more.

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