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Finding Fogerty : Interdisciplinary Readings of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Finding Fogerty: Interdisciplinary Readings of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival, edited by Thomas M. Kitts, begins to correct the scholarly neglect of John Fogerty, one of America's great songwriters, one of the rock era's great vocalists, and one of its underrated guitarists and producers. This essential collection pulls together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and approaches to assess Fogerty's fifty-year career and to argue for his musical and cultural significance.show more

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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739174851
  • 9780739174852
  • 766,299

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A lively gathering of essays on John Fogerty's Creedence Clearwater Revival, the funky (but clean-cut) Americana rock band that scored a fistful of Top Ten hits in the 60s, without finding a firm place in the decade's rock hierarchy. Here a baker's dozen of perceptive music writers tell how good the band was and why it ended up an inch away from super-stardom. -- Michael Lydon, author of Rock Folk and Ray Charles: Man and Music Editor Thomas M. Kitts has recognized that John Fogerty deserves... attention too, and this volume, Finding Fogerty: Interdisciplinary Readings of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival, works to place the artist in the context of his creative work, commercial predicaments, and cultural impact. ... Kitts' Finding Fogerty offers a strong reminder of how important a songwriter's influence can be and contains a thorough analysis of Fogerty's career as a band member and as a soloist, does not flinch from the critical and commercial difficulties he has faced, and avoids overselling his achievements. It describes what can happen when business associations can become so convoluted that a creator can be sued for plagiarizing himself and the emotional battering a performer can suffer while reconciling himself with his works from the past. Finding Fogerty should convince its readers that Fogerty's influence on American culture deserves even fuller consideration; this volume offers a welcome start. Journal of American Cultureshow more

About Thomas M. Kitts

Thomas M. Kitts is professor of English and Chair of the Division of English and Speech at St. John's University, New York.show more

Table of contents

Introduction by Thomas M. Kitts Part One. "Born on the Bayou" Chapter One. "Born on the Bayou": CCR and the Evocation of Place by Jeff Sellars Chapter Two. Reviving the Pre-Sixties: Creedence on a Sixties/Seventies Cusp by Stephen Paul Miller Chapter Three. John Fogerty: Middle-Class Hero by Jake Sudderth Chapter Four. Down to the River: Narrative, Blues, and the Common Man in John Fogerty's Imagined Southern Gothic by Robert McParland Part Two. "Run Through the Jungle" Chapter Five. "Devil's on the Loose": Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Religious Imagination by Theodore Louis Trost Chapter Six. Flying the Flannel: An Americana Salute to Creedence Clearwater Revival by Timothy Gray Chapter Seven. The 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival Recording Contract and How it Shaped the Future of the Group and its Members by Hank Bordowitz Part Three. "Centerfield" Chapter Eight. America as Patron and Muse: The Creation of the Blue Ridge Rangers by Lawrence Pitilli Chapter Nine. The 1980s Comeback of John Fogerty by Thomas M. Kitts Chapter Ten. Multimodal Fogerty: Scoring and Scaffolding the Music of CCR to a Vietnam War Literature Unit by Christian Z. Goering and Wiliam C. Sewell Part Four. "Keep on Chooglin" Chapter Eleven. John Fogerty and America's Three Rock Generations by B. Lee Cooper, with research assistance from William L. Schurk Chapter Twelve. The Political Legacy of Fogerty: Forty Years of Parallel Messages by William J. Miller and Jeremy D. Walling Chapter Thirteen. "Rockin' All Over the World": John Fogerty's Place in American Popular Music by Nick Baxter-Mooreshow more