Interview Roundup: CCR

Creedence Clearwater Revival were the Great American Singles Band. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they had the most hit singles; rather it connotes the band’s enduring and indelible place in the world of pop music singles. More so than many of their contemporaries, CCR made music that captured the zeitgesit of the times. John Fogerty wasn’t an overtly political lyricist, but the band’s songs nonetheless cut to the heart of that era’s concerns. (And those concerns are timeless.)

I’ve written fairly extensively about the band; one of my most recent pieces was a brief historical essay found here. And I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford – lifelong best friends, those two – many times on many subjects. (In addition, I interviewed Cook about Roky Erickson twice, more than a decade apart, and those interviews informed the Roky chapter in my second book.)