Fogerty claims breach of contract and non-payment of royalties
John Fogerty has filed a civil claim against his former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates.
Associated Press (via Rolling Stone) reports Fogerty is suing Stuart Cook and Doug Clifford over unpaid royalties.
Cook and Clifford currently perform under the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
Fogerty previously sued the men over using the Creedence Clearwater name, but settled with them in 2001 for a share of their touring and merchandise income.
Forgerty’s lawsuit claims he hasn’t been paid his share since December 2011.
In December 2014, Cook, Clifford and Patricia Fogerty, the widow of rhythm guitarist Tom – John’s brother – preemptively sued Fogerty ahead of what they suspected was “pending litigation”.
Ultimate Classic Rock claims they believed that Fogerty was about to go after them for unpaid royalties — which he appears to have just done.
Fogerty releases his autobiography, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, on October 6.
“I want to tell the story of how I fought – hard – to maintain my artistic integrity in the face of opposing forces,” he said in a statement issued through his publisher, Little, Brown.
“The kid from El Cerrito wanted to be the best musician in the world—my promise to myself,” Fogerty said. “I accomplished that goal against all odds, only to have it fall apart on top of me. The songs and the music stopped; you didn’t hear from John Fogerty for years. All of this took its toll on me. I couldn’t write a song, sing a song. And it was so hard on me, all of the lawsuits and betrayals. I was personally fading away. My story will share the ups and downs and how it all affected me. The road back was a bumpy one, and I knew that it would take years to come out of it, but I did. Happily, I did, with my dear wife, Julie, by my side.
“I have come to a place where I can look back and reflect on those stories and share what really happened. I am the guy who lived it, and you will hear me tell the story for the first time.”
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