John Fogerty is the latest rock star to publish a memoir. Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music is released today.
He tells Rolling Stone that he was motivated by frustration at how he has been portrayed in the press. “I’d talk to a newspaper or magazine, and what I said never really came out right. In fact, it really looked bad in print when I saw myself complaining or anything about something. Finally I just said to myself, ‘I’m gonna write a book.'”
Work on the book began eight years ago with author Jimmy McDonough, who wrote the 2002 Neil Young biography Shakey, but Fogerty stresses that McDonough did not write the book. “Jimmy mainly acted as the interviewer. He said to me, ‘John, this book is in your voice.'”
The book reveals Fogerty’s drinking problem, although he never terms himself an alcoholic. He tells Rolling Stone, “I certainly was acting like one. Everything I was doing was alcoholic. The only difference, I suppose, is that an alcoholic can’t help himself. He’s physically addicted, and if he has one drink, he’ll go on a five-day bender. That’s not the case with me anymore. I can go out to dinner with Julie and have a glass of wine and that’s it. But I do want to say that I was psychologically addicted.”