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Fortunate Son... John Fogerty auto-bio

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe Strummer, Dec 23, 2015.

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  1. Joe Strummer

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    Well John........I can call him John, now ?....can't I ?
    he gives away no secrets --
    doesn't mention the guitar tunings he uses for
    his unique sounds --- other than a dropped 'D' tuning -
    which he doesn't clearly explain....vague......and I'm a guitar player.
    He uses many different tunings.........but he ain't discussin' that !
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    I did realize after this read that it is HIM playing a fingerpick lead stlye
    on some of his lastest cuts --- I thought, he hired someone ( Billy Burnett ) +
    was a little dismayed that he would -- I was wrong....it was him playing
    in his "new" stlye - which he says he continues to practice + improve.
    The guy is a great rock guitar player.
    He writes - he wants to improve !
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    He is obsessed.........about his recordings/production/arranging/songwriting.
    The guy spent 10 yrs practicing his drumming for several "I play everything" albums.
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    The memoir has ALOT to do about his initial, poor contract + the disfunctional
    Creedence band.
    I have no idea, how it would be, to be "attached" to the musicians I originally started with ?
    I played thru SO MANY personnel changes/line ups in my years - of running my band.
    It took a large toll on him mentally,physically and financially.
    And he still has to "deal" with these former musicians because of old/disputed contracts.
    He does take his "shots" at those guys !......."Just give me the money."
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    He takes no "shots" at ANYONE still living ( other than bandmates ) --
    he "rips" a couple dead characters...........Is Ike Turner dead or alive ?
    John plays it safe...........don't wanna burn any bridges !
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    His current wife.............
    Well.....?
    I don't know ?......how many of these famous guys tell ya about "the love of their life"
    they finally found ?
    I hear it too many times !
    And the wife saying stuff like she didn't really know who he was, when they first met ?
    C'mon !......Yoko said she didn't know The Beatles or John .........yeh, sure ! We knew, she knew Paul.
    And now John's wife is manager / art designer / accountant / yadda -yadda.............
    I can't help think of Frank Sinatra's last wife - she took on all those roles,too - and pilfered everything.
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    I think John Fogerty is THEE greatest American pop songwriter !
     
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    He was a good guest coach/mentor on The Voice, too.
     
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    Insightful review. Thanks for posting. I love his music, but based on what you wrote I think I'll pass on the book. Not interested in the Creedence mess, and whiney works better as a vocal tone.
     
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    I like his music also,he survived the 60's and 70's somehow so I definitely give him credit.
     
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    CCR is one of my favorite bands. I hate to hear about their feuding.
     
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    So are the words really "there's a bathroom on the right"? Haha
     
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    It's my understanding that his band-mates/stage musicians would play in the studio then he
    would re-cut all the tracks himself. Makes sense especially before there were drum machines.
    So is that the case?
     
  8. Joe Strummer

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    mdee -
    He doesn't write it that way........
    He does say that he (himself) did "overdub" tracks, at times.
    The CCR guys weren't happy about it........
    and if he did "overdubs" with session guys -- he ain't admitting.
    He does mention drumming to "Click Tracks" which became popular w/
    recording producers + musicians - somewhere in the late 70's.
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    Fogerty was on The Voice.......?.....not sure what that is/was ?
     
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    You've never heard of The Voice? It's been on NBC for nine seasons. Took over the popularity of American Idol although most of the winners haven't done anything.
     
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