When I made Blue Moon Swamp, there was a lot of trial and error; I was trying to find people who would be simpatico with my style, and with what I had in mind for the album.— John Fogerty
The most unbelievable John Fogerty quotes that are little-known but priceless
All the really great records or people who made them somehow came from Memphis or Louisiana or somewhere along the Mississippi River...And singers like Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters gave me the feeling that they were right there, standing by the river.
Sometimes I think life is just a rodeo, the trick is to ride and make it to the bell.
Now that I'm older, I like almost anything that's done well, even surf music and instrumentals; I really enjoyed the interviews with the Ventures in your magazine.
Other people want a career or success because they think that will help them find their personal life somewhere. I've done it the other way around. What I have is what everybody else is looking for. I know I've got it made. I know I'm a very lucky man. That came first. Then the music and the career just kind of took care of themselves.
Usually I just let my songs do the talking.
As a matter of fact I have long had an aversion to celebrities endorsing politics, and in some cases even other causes. I wonder about their motives. And I have to admit when celebrities get involved in political campaigns I tend to get a little bit sarcastic about it.
Playing guitar is a never-finished journey.
I was deluding myself that the song was almost not important, but I think the real thing that was happening was almost like self-hypnosis or mediation. The guitar lick was the transcendental key that unlocked my brain. It freed me. And then it all became easy. It's funny now, because I've had times when it wasn't easy.
With the Michael Moore movie, certain conservative talk show hosts call him un-American. Him and anybody else who says anything about the war... To question your country's policy, especially in a war that kills people, is definitely not un-American. It's probably the most patriotic thing you can do.
I ain't got no time for a Caribbean cruise, just give me a song and a beer.
You evil thing, why do you haunt me?
I thought what I was good at doing was playing real simple guitar licks, since I'd cut my teeth on what Duane Eddy was doing; licks that were simple but had staying power.
When I'm standing at the Pearly Gates, I want to say to God, 'Don't look at the records. Look at my family. I'm much prouder about that part.'
Coonskin caps, Yankee bats, the Hound Dog man's big start.
The A-bomb fears, Annette had ears, I lusted in my heart.
I'm much more energetic now; you might say live performance is my mission.
I stuck with that size because I could bend the strings so well, and somewhere along the line I must have gotten it into my mind that I had small hands, so I was thinking I'd never be able to play a full-scale guitar, but I also felt like I was cheating or cutting corners.
But I think beautiful is simple and elegant, like a ballad with simple harmony.
I've studied a lot of great people over the years - Pete Seeger, James Brown - and tried to incorporate elements that I've admired, though I can't say I dance like James.
There's just not a lot of guys around playing like that these days;
a lot of steel players are plugging into stomp boxes, trying to sound like Jeff Beck on a steel guitar.
When the bad stuff was really intense in my life, it was really what you would call writer's block. Your facility is just not as good because you feel so bad. I've heard of people right on the verge of suicide coming up with some of their best work. I wish I could think of an example, other than Van Gogh, perhaps!
I'm now comfortable playing a lot of the old songs, and I've gotten out a lot of the old equipment.
You got to hidey-hide, you got to jump and run again.
You got to hide-hidey-hide, the old man is down the road.
Mr. Greed, why do you have to own everything that you see?
Long as I remember, rain been comin' down;
Clouds of mystery fallin', confusion on the ground; Good men through the ages, trying to find the sun; And I wonder, still I wonder: Who will stop the rain?
On Eye of the Zombie, I had so-called studio musicians.
I feel happy about the songs I've written.
I'm a great lover of the craft of songwriting, and I sure admire it in other people when I see it - past and present. I feel comfortable with what I have accomplished. I feel happy to be able to work in that environment, and that I have a lot of songs left to be written, somewhere.
It just seemed like all the records I have made since Creedence Clearwater Revival have all been sort of pushed off center. I felt like I was dancing around the outskirts of what is my true center. With this album, I really wanted to stay on the mark, right in the middle, right where rock 'n' roll is. I wanted this one to be easier, a lot more fun than some of the past records have been.
No, but I've always felt that with true talent, and a commitment to hard work, it is possible to achieve an enduring respect and appreciation. In other words, I don't take my fans for granted.
I loved Western Swing and Hank Williams' music, and I now know that it's a 6th tuning that gives you all of those classic licks.
My papa said son don't let the man getcha and do what he done to me.
All these different groups of people that are put right in the path of billions of dollars of American tax payers' money. If I had enough time I could have named all of those people [in the song], too! The song would have been 400 minutes long.
I practice really hard, every day. I started that about 13 or 14 years ago; it's a discipline now. But the writing is a whole other thing. It'll come from handling a guitar, mostly; thinking up little guitar riffs. I was born and raised a rock 'n' roll guy, and that's the rock 'n' roll ethic, at least through my experience.
Big train from Memphis, now it's gone gone gone, gone gone gone.
Like no one before, he let out a roar, and I just had to tag along.
I don't know that all the demons have been beaten, but I'm very, very proud of those songs.
Four guys from England took us all by the hand.
For years I walked around with the phrase "Green River" because I had seen that on a soda fountain drink when I was probably 8 or 9 years old, and I went, 'Gee, I like that.' Another one was "Lodi", which I thought sounded really cool. I got this cheap little empty plastic notebook at my local drugstore, and bought a little slab of filler paper and the very first title I wrote in it was "Proud Mary". I had no idea what that title meant.
Even though I have often recorded alone, I still feel the best music is made by musicians playing off each other.
And I now think that Stratocasters and Telecasters are way cool.
I work hard at that, but the fact that there are a lot of good songs means there are also a lot of really bad songs I've written that you never hear.
There's a bad moon on the rise.
That song has the full extent of my mandolin abilities; I'm not a good mandolin player at all.
Let the people know my wisdom, fill the land with smoke
Even though James Burton was my idol, I didn't think I could carry his shoes back then.
You should play with real musicians; the best music comes from real people interacting with each other.
In those days, I didn't know how guys like Clapton and Beck were getting that searing blues lead sound, so I developed my style to be rhythmic and chord-based, with simple lead lines that you could almost hum.
Washburn's an old American name, but this one was assembled overseas.
The ones I have got great necks; of course, all of the Fenders from that era are incredible.
The only sliding I did was on the kind of instrument that you put on your lap; no Spanish electrics.
The Telecaster doesn't really sound that good for the kind of rock and roll that a lot of people played.
I wrote that song for my wife, and it's what some guy who's sitting under a tree would be singing to the woman of his life, telling her how wonderful she is. To me, that's more lasting than something that sounds like it belongs on a movie soundtrack.