John Fogerty is experiencing something of a revival, again. Not only will the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman release a solo album early next year, it’s now been announced that he’ll be releasing a memoir in 2014, reports EW.
The memoir, still untitled, is set to be published by Little, Brown and Co., who also published Keith Richards’ doozy of a memoir, 2010’s Life.
“I want to tell the story of how I fought — hard — to maintain my artistic integrity in the face of opposing forces,” Fogerty said in a statement.
Fogerty indeed has some battles to chronicle in his book. The songwriter behind CCR’s iconic songs (like “Proud Mary” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”) famously fought with his bandmates, including brother Tom, until CCR’s break-up in 1972. Then Fogerty found himself fighting in court with his former record label, Fantasy, over – of all things – sounding too much like his earlier work.
Forgerty said last year that his anger toward his bandmates has faded after all these years, but that doesn’t mean there’s still not dirt there to uncover.
“The kid from El Cerrito (Calif.) wanted to be the best musician in the world — my promise to myself,” Fogerty said in a statement. “I accomplished that goal against all odds, only to have it fall apart on top of me. The songs and the music stopped; you didn’t hear from John Fogerty for years. All of this took its toll on me. I couldn’t write a song, sing a song. And it was so hard on me, all of the lawsuits and betrayals. I was personally fading away. My story will share the ups and downs and how it all affected me. The road back was a bumpy one, and I knew that it would take years to come out of it, but I did. Happily, I did, with my dear wife, Julie, by my side.”
“I have come to a place where I can look back and reflect on those stories and share what really happened. I am the guy who lived it, and you will hear me tell the story for the first time.”
As for Fogerty’s other upcoming project, his new album, Wrote A Song For Everyone, will be a collection of his songs reworked as duets with other artists. So far, the album’s guest list features the Foo Fighters (“Fortunate Son”), Bob Seger (“Who’ll Stop The Rain”), Kid Rock (“Born On The Bayou”) and Jennifer Hudson (“Proud Mary”), along with country stars Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban and indie rockers My Morning Jacket and Dawes. The album was originally slated for release late this year, but was pushed back in August until early 2013, in order to add “new original songs and notable surprises.”
– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local