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

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

by Thomas M. Kitts (Editor)


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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. The composer of American classics like “Proud Mary,” “Fortunate Son,” “Green River,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” and “Centerfield,” Fogerty first achieved commercial success with the release of Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1968. As the band’s songwriter, lead singer, lead guitarist, and producer, Fogerty led CCR in a blistering output of 10 top-ten singles and seven gold albums before disbanding CCR in 1972. Divided into four sections (“Born on the Bayou,” “Run Through the Jungle,” “Centerfield, ”and “Keep on Chooglin’”), Finding Fogerty investigates Fogerty’s songs, life, and legacy, and stands as a tribute to one of America’s most treasured musical legends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739174852
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/21/2012
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 946,684
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

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-Moore

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Michael Lydon

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.

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