Some have called it one of the rock 'n' roll's saddest tales, how a genuinely great band was torn apart by greed and betrayal. But it's also a story full of brilliant music and success - something which a lot of bands never achieve.
Hank Bordowitz does a solid job of the CCR roller coaster ride, without taking sides too much.
It's hard not to be sympathetic with CCR leader John Fogerty, the band's outstanding talent, lead singer/guitarist and songwriter, but it's also evident that he was a bit of a dictator at times and incredibly stubborn.
He could have allowed some extra creative input from other band members (especially brother Tom), but refused for quite a while. After Tom departed in frustration, he pretty much forced Stu Cook and Doug Clifford to write songs for CCR's final (and worst) album, Mardi Gras. It seemed to be a petulant display to say: "See, I told you so,"
But he also suffered for it, particularly in his acrimonious split with the Fantasy label and its chief, Saul Zaentz, another stubborn man who made an awful lot of money off J. Fogerty.
It led to years of in-fighting and litigation, and impacted on John's own writing and career. For many years he suffered from writer's block, and refused to play his great CCR songs on stage.
CCR is a case of a quick rush of brilliance and success (seven albums in four years), and a lot of suffering afterwards. John Fogerty has survived and thrived (as has the music), which is a good thing, but the story of CCR really shouldn't have been this painful. An eye-opening account that will interest any fan.
Rightly called the saddest story in rock 'n' roll history, this Creedence biographynewly updated with stories from band members, producers, business associates, close friends, and familiesrecounts 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.