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Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival

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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 ima ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Chicago Review Press (first published 1998)
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Charles
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfic-music
Billed as the "Unathorized history." I imagine that it would have been mostly John Fogerty who would not have approved it. The book seemed generally very respectful of Creedence Clearwater Revival, although John Fogerty comes off as very ego driven and rigid. The book starts out with the phrase "The saddest story in Rock and Roll," and it is indeed fairly sad how ego drove these talented musicians apart. CCR was only in action about 3 years under that name, although they played under other names ...more
Alex
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thorough yet ultimately flawed as it gives far too much credence to the untalented and soulless n'er do wells of the band: namely Tom, Doug and Stu. John Fogerty is portrayed harshly given he was the only one with musical talent. His bandmates screwed him in conjunction with that "pig", Saul Zaentz.

If you loved the film One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, keep in mind it was Fogerty's genius songwriting skills that financed it!
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio-memoir
Alright, always be wary of books about rock bands that don't get EVERYONE'S side of the story. BAD MOON RISING is basically the account of my favorite band, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL, as seen throught the eyes and opinions of two of the founding members. Drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook share their views and experiences on the good and the bad (mostly) of CCR and lead man John Fogerty. Notice the title says "unoffical" history?! Well....Hank Bordowitz never interviewed Fogerty or as ...more
David Ward
Bad Moon Rising: The Unofficial History of Creedence Clearwater Revival by Hank Bordowitz (Music Sales Corporation 2002) (780.92) is just what it says. No wonder this band peaked and then disappeared! No one in the band except John Fogarty had any musical talent - the other three guys just played exactly what John showed them. Even worse than the band's talent level was their ineptitude at conducting business. Saul Zaentz (Fantasy Records) screwed them royally, but Creedence got no worse than Ca ...more
a.t.m.
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The operation was a success, but, the patient died.

The operation was a success, but, the patient died.

Being a lifelong fan of CCR I always wondered what went so terribly wrong with the band, that culminated with the fiasco at the band's induction into the music hall of fame. The history of the band is superbly written and for all fans, painful to read. The genius of JF is undeniable , but, without the other three band members we wouldn't have had CCR. Everyone got cheated, especially, the fans i
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Chelsea
Sep 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Fogerty is simultaneously a musical genius and a terrible person! Thorough book though...
Alys Köhler
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this history of the band very much, but would have welcomed recent, relevant John Fogarty comment. I understand that is not the author's fault. Somehow, we never seemed to get the real insider's gist on the tensions: some deeper analysis and harder pressing of Clifford and Cook might have overcome that. Despite protests, it seems the best was John's work alone, with him supplying all the songs and doing most of the production. They have been together a long time honing the sound in liv ...more
Garry
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy books on the back stories of bands or individual musicians for that matter. Bad moon rising reads easy an provides a balanced account of the formation, rise and premature dissolution of the most successful band in the USA between 1967-1972. Loads of memorable songs produced during that short blip on the history radar still haunt the oldies and classic rock air waves. Great and often joyful sounds. But in the background there was discontent. Egos and self-righteousness abounded, families ...more
Jack
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow...the sad and heartbreaking story of Creedence Clearwater Revival, with endnotes and a thorough bibliography. Overall it seems to be an even-handed account of the band and its members, from the early pre-Creedence years up through 1997. Bordowitz paints master songwriter/singer/lead guitarist John Fogerty as incredibly self-centered, small-minded, and vindictive; at the same time, his bandmates (Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, and the late Tom Fogerty) sometimes come across as perhaps a little too ...more
James
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and exhaustively researched book on maybe the greatest American rock and roll band, Creedence Clearwater Revival. It covers from the groups days in Jr. High to John Fogerty's "Blue Moon Swamp" release. The Creedence years take up the first half and the second half is concerned with the "lawsuit years." John Fogerty comes off as a pretty big jerk in this book and I've got a problem with that. John Fogerty WAS Creedence. I'll give John the benefit of the doubt on this one. If you have ...more
Wayne Sutton
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What well written and well researched book. To me it seem like a great place to start in my Creedence research. I highly recommend this book if you are a Creedence fan. The best part is you hear these amazing songs in your head as you're reading the book.
Kiof
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should be called Bash Fogerty by the Other Two(I know not clever, but still). For some reason, I think he's justified in his actions being that he wrote every good song they ever did. I need to find one more interest, I'm really scraping the bottom o' the barrel with these rock books...
Damon
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
Great book. Sad story. You root for Fogerty in the beginning but not so much in the end.
James
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The saddest story in rock & roll"...cautionary tale about toxicity of jealousy, greed, and the consequences of refusing to forgive.
Weston
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is fine but it turns out CCR is a pretty boring band to read about despite their great music. The last 2/3rds you learn John Fogerty is incredibly litigious, spiteful, and miserable.
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