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Based on first-hand interviews with surviving band members, this title tells the story of the chequered career of top 1960s band Creedence Clearwater Revival.


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Based on first-hand interviews with surviving band members, this title tells the story of the chequered career of top 1960s band Creedence Clearwater Revival.

30 review for Bad Moon Rising: The Unofficial History of Creedence Clearwater Revival

  1. 5 out of 5

    J.K. Grice

    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 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 asked for any of his input while writing this book. So....this is Clifford's and Cook's version of the whole Creedence story. Well....there are two sides to every story. I can't say who's telling the truth, and I'm sure there's room for interpretation with things on both sides. However, when I read Fogerty's book, FORTUNATE SON, things didn't jive too well with the "facts" presented by Cook and Clifford. I'm sure you have all the fame and fortune demons thrown into this mix as well: creative control, money, ego, personality conflicts, etc. Anyway, after having done my research, I'm a bit more suspect about this account than I am Fogerty's, just because of the way it was chronicled and put together by Bordowitz. Are any of these men blameless or totally dishonest? Probably not, but I do tend to side with John Fogerty's biography more than BAD MOON RISING when it comes to the history of Creedence. Just call it a gut feeling.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    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 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 before that. All their great hits come from that few year period, though. I enjoyed the book quite a bit and stayed up later than I should have reading it, so that is a pretty good recommendation right there.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    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!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    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 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 eager to milk the CCR legacy for all it's worth. In the end I found myself siding with Tom, Doug, and Stu, but maybe you'll come to a different conclusion. Read it yourself, and decide. Meanwhile, keep on chooglin'...

  5. 5 out of 5

    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 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 Capricorn Records gave to the Allman Brothers. My rating: 7/10, finished 5/19/11.

  6. 5 out of 5

    a.t.m.

    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 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 in the end. Great book, I highly recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jack Wolfe

    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! https://soundcloud.com/dirtyworkthepo... "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 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! https://soundcloud.com/dirtyworkthepo... "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 (less than half of the book, which is, umm, a biography of CCR), and his descriptions of their music and performances and recording processes are almost perfunctory. The stuff that really interests him-- the stuff that makes Creedence's story "the saddest in rock history"-- is the post-band stuff, the tragic tales of a megalomaniacal genius who refuses to reconcile with his loyal if less gifted rhythm section. I can understand why folks lose patience with Bordowitz's treatment-- it's repetitive, not very exciting, and has nothing to do with the enjoyment of, oh, "Green River"-- but I sort of admire the man's commitment to it, and how mercilessly he observes John Fogerty's own mercilessness (the chapter on Tom Fogerty's death is probably the bleakest I've ever read in a music book). For more on this topic, please consult the DIRTY WORK PODCAST!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Phil Banks

    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 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alys Köhler

    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 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 live work (cf the Beatles). When the others demanded more say in writing, they got it and the results were not terrific (Tom had already gone). This is all a shame. With stronger management, a record company with more sensitivity and maybe a producer or creative adviser or agency able to coordinate, soothe egos and take the load of John F a longer band life might have resulted. However, when I play the music I remain stunned by the standard of the songs and the performances. Great, simple American music. All that in such a short time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    James

    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 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 any interest in this group at all, you should read this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    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 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 signed a draconian contract with one of the most mendacious people on the face of the earth. What is unique and sad is that only John had the spine to try and get it redone in a manner much more favorable to the entire group. Given John's need to try and control the group, and their right to have at least some say in the use of their music, he made many mistakes in his uphill battle with Zaentz. But he got precious little backing from the other three. I would have thought that after having a Million $ plus stolen from each of them, they would have wanted whatever revenge they could take on Zaentz. Instead they threw in WITH the guy who had financially 'r***d' them and their families. No wonder John became so bitter over the years. With 'friends' like that, who needs enemies; especially since John was the main reason that CCR was so successful in their fairly short career. Without his creativity in composing and arranging and his ability to teach Stu and Doug how to actually play the music at the level that it needed to be played, CCR as we all know it would never have happened. BTW I have seen the real and the 'fake' CCR play live, and there is no comparison. The 'fake' CCR isn't even at the same level as a decent 'cover band'

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ron Fowler

    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 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 brother, Tom Fogerty dies, there is no peace between the members. But what great music they made during their brief time at the top. So great that their hits cd is still regularly a top catalog seller year after year. Yes, John Fogerty does have a book out now, if you are only interested in his take on things. Hank Bordowitz does us fans a great service by bringing the other band members into the story. Fogerty's side of the story is presented, but we also hear from Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, who continue these days as Creedence Clearwater Revisited. I found the chapters about Tom's death to be the saddest; John is a great singer, songwriter and guitarist, but the fact that he and Tom were not able to reconcile in any meaningful way is a real heartbreaker. John never gave Tom the credit he deserved for helping to get the band started, writing the early songs with John, and making the financial contributions that enabled the guys to become full time musicians. If John had been able to let go of some of his stubbornness, and treat his brother more respectfully, CCR may have been able to continue for a few more years. This book is essential reading for all fans of CCR.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Enrique Flores

    Excellent source for all things CCR. Would help if John Fogerty participated more in this as it seems to be slanted more towards the other bandmates. Perhaps he had his reasons. Either way, it is indeed the saddest story in rock and roll.

  14. 4 out of 5

    J.R. Preston

    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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kenzie Martin

    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!

  16. 4 out of 5

    David

    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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Garry

    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 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 and friendships were shattered. Law suits replaced music as CCR's principal product. In the end it is a sad tale. Bitterness over real and/or perceived wrongs prevails. I still love the music but I found John Fogerty to be a callous, bitter, self-righteous control freak.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wayne Sutton

    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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kiof

    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...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Damon

    Great book. Sad story. You root for Fogerty in the beginning but not so much in the end.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    John Fogerty is simultaneously a musical genius and a terrible person! Thorough book though...

  22. 5 out of 5

    James

    "The saddest story in rock & roll"...cautionary tale about toxicity of jealousy, greed, and the consequences of refusing to forgive. "The saddest story in rock & roll"...cautionary tale about toxicity of jealousy, greed, and the consequences of refusing to forgive.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Weston

    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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robert Roerden

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael Bogdonoff

  26. 4 out of 5

    mike brook

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Kirschenbaum

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rflecko6

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Fisset

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