John Fogerty has signed a deal with publishers Little, Brown and Company for his autobiography due out next year, according to Billboard. Fogerty explained, "I haven't really decided on the (co-) writer yet. 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 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. . .' "
Although Fogerty has dealt with divorce, estrangement from his late brother Tom Fogerty, his other Credence Clearwater Revival bandmates, and their label boss -- he promises that he's not going to stir up the dirt for the new memoir: "This is not going to be that sort of tawdry, supermarket kind of thing. If there's any names of people in my life who have been close friends, lovers, all of that, who are invisible, it's gonna stay that way. I'm not looking for the big reveal or to get a lot of stuff off my chest or anything like that."
John Fogerty told us that in recent years he's made his peace with the politics that plagued his relationship between him, his high school buddies, and their record label: "I'll tell you a secret of life that, y'know, I've only just kind of learned, and of course, nobody'll listen anyway, and I wouldn't have, either -- trying to reconnect with the music, and realizing what a good lot I do have, and putting aside all the bitterness and angst, let's say, from the past."
Credence bassist Stu Cook told us that he takes umbrage with the fact that he and drummer Doug Clifford have been trying to keep CCR's music alive while Fogerty, until recently, has done everything in his power to denigrate his former bandmates: "This is a guy who ran from his roots. He wouldn't, he wouldn't play the music. He refused to play the music for years. He tried to get people to not buy it. He said everything he could say about Doug and Stu and (his brother) Tom (Fogerty), how lousy we were, da da da da. . . And now he's running to embrace it and that's not working either."
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