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Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  21 reviews
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 imagi ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Chicago Review Press (first published 1998)
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Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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
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!
Ron Fowler
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great band! And what a sad story! 3 guys that start off as kids in junior high school, joined by an older brother - all with the attitude that "we are going to make it!" It takes a long time, many years, but eventually they do succeed - for a short time, they are the top band in America, and maybe the world! But then it is over almost before it's begun. Ego's, bad business decision, it all falls apart, and 3 of the guys become estranged from the leader, John Fogerty. Even when the older b ...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
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
Jack Wolfe
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I speed readed this one for the forthcoming "Mardi Gras" episode of DIRTY WORK: a podcast about disappointing albums...

What, you don't know about MYYY podcast, "Dirty Work"? Really? Check it out!

"Bad Moon Rising" is basically "The Executioner's Song" of rock biographies: the first half is all excitement and drama, the second half is lawsuits and countersuits and media politics. Hank Bordowitz's summary of CCR's actual time as a band is shockingly brief (le
Chris Cowan
Pretty terrible, but an extra star because CCR are 2nd only to the Stones in my pantheon of rock bands of their era. 6 flawless LPs in 3 years, so I'm kind-of interested to read anything about this wonderful band. However, the book gives zero insight into the people or the music, just flat and dull reporting of what happened when, mostly filled out with quotes from various non-entity journos of the time. Very poor, but what a band ...more
David W Musal
Better than I expected, but

This book was better than I expected, but I am not a big fan of 'unauthorized' biographies.
So why did I buy it? Well because CCR (the original) is one of my all time favorite groups; and John Fogerty is why CCR is a legendary band. Tom, Stu and Doug were a good 'rhythm section' (their own words), but John could have taken Tom and two strangers who were aspiring musicians and probably gotten the same results, music wise.
Their story is not unique in the fact that they
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
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. ...more
J.R. Preston
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We can hear John Fogerty's side of the story everywhere. The guy is a genius. This book presents other sides of the story of Creedence. Arguably, they were the best band America had, and we'll never see another like 'em. ...more
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... ...more
Alison Munzer
It took me 4+ years to finish this book (ie it was a slog)
Kenzie Martin
Aug 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One-sided piece of trash that paints John Fogerty with a spiked tail and two horns on his head. Don’t waste your time with this one!
Nov 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reads like a detailed Wikipedia article.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can now understand why CCR had such a short lifespan. They had to deal with John Fogerty's ceaseless crap day in, day out. Sad story how he treated his brother with such malice. ...more
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.
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...
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. ...more
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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“We were ready to rock out and we waited and waited and finally it was our turn ... there were a half million people asleep. These people were out. It was sort of like a painting of a Dante scene, just bodies from hell, all intertwined and asleep, covered with mud. And this is the moment I will never forget as long as I live: A quarter mile away in the darkness, on the other edge of this bowl, there was some guy flicking his Bic, and in the night I hear, "Don't worry about it, John. We're with you." I played the rest of the show for that guy.

—John Fogerty recalling Creedence Clearwater Revival's 3:30 a.m. start time at Woodstock.”
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