Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival

Hank Bordowitz

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 155652661X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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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by this top new San Francisco quartet.” When ‘Suzie Q’ reached sales of half a million, Zaentz treated the band to a “half gold” party. But the follow-up single, “I Put a Spell on You,” didn’t fare as well, peaking at number 58. The album sold slowly but steadily, reaching number 52. So, despite the celebratory times, the band also had plenty on their minds. Having one hit was a fine thing. Following it up and building a career was quite another. And having to be available for Reserves camp was

it again.’ ” In July, with “Up Around the Bend,” nearing the top reaches of the English charts (it would peak at number 3), Creedence released Cosmo’s Factory. “For Creedence,” Robert Christgau wrote in The Village Voice, “Cosmo’s Factory is in a dozen tiny respects an elaboration. The most obvious change is in the songwriting, especially the lyrics, but there are others, e.g., John Fogerty’s singing has become surer and more subtle, the four musicians are more integral, the sound of the

wouldn’t stop me from giving my best to them.” The least-pointed of these songs was probably “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.” “This happens in the Bay Area more often than in other places,” John notes. The sun is shining, yet you have rain falling down, rainbows and raindrops falling, as the wind blows the rain into the Bay through the Golden Gate. “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” is about the breakup of Creedence Clearwater Revival. ‘Have you ever seen the rain coming down, sunny day?’ Creedence

of song titles. I’ll look over and see if any of these look like they might go with this music I’m making. In this case it was “Somewhere Down the Road.” So I wrote out the whole musical structure, then I started working on the words. Not at the same time—I was on vacation on a houseboat and wrote out all the words, and they didn’t seem as strong as what the music was doing. “Somewhere Down the Road” is kind of abstract, not a very powerful title. It was a hook cliché, but not very strong. The

actually made some noise in the pop market. Through the ’50s, however, Fantasy’s real moneymakers were comedy records by Lenny Bruce. Despite the near-hit status of the Mulligan record and the legitimate hit status of the Guaraldi record, Fantasy had nothing in the way of real pop music. They had a jazz catalog that sold slowly and steadily, but hit records came once in a blue moon, and always by surprise. “We recorded the kind of jazz we liked, even if it didn’t sell,” said Saul Zaentz, the

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