Monday, March 25, 2013

John Fogerty working on autobiography

John Fogerty has confirmed that he is working on his autobiography.

Billboard reports the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman has signed a deal with Little, Brown and Company for a memoir that will be published during 2014.

At this point, the project is still in its formative stages. "I haven't really decided on the (co-) writer yet," Fogerty says. "I need a collaborator. If you get me to sit down and write a letter, that's an accomplishment. E-mail was invented for guys like me."

"Actually," he notes, "a lot of work has been done because I talked in the years past to other people and got it all recorded and transcribed, even, and that'll be the raw material that the right person will digest and then go, 'Yeah, that's fine, now let's start over...' "

Fogerty has been outspoken over the years about the bitterness he feels towards CCR's label Fantasy Records and its former owner Saul Zaentz over song ownership, and about issues he's had with his former bandmates. But he says he doesn't plan on getting too down and dirty with the book.

Instead he hopes to focus on positive aspects of his life and career.

"I've had a remarkable life in music," Fogerty explains. "I started as a child who knew his field of joy almost from the time he could move, and that was music. And everybody noticed; everyone around me noticed, 'Wow, he's musical. Look, he's dancing,' and I was still in diapers. Since then it's been a journey, and I just want to tell that story...of the original joy of a child discovering music and being just...If i can ever convey how that feels, I think it's something worth talking about."

Fogerty will release an all-star duets album, "Wrote A Song For Everyone” on May 28; the project features songs with Foo Fighters, Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket, and many others.

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