John Fogerty On What He Finds 'Disturbing' About America's Politics Today

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

September 19, 2022

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John Fogerty acknowledged that there are similarities between the U.S. political climate today and that of the 1960s Civil Rights-era, but there is a significant difference which he believes is inhibiting progress all around: mutual respect.

Fogerty tells Billboard that he's heartened to see that young people today are similarly engaged politically as his generation was in the '60s, but the tone of discourse in our country has devolved in every age group.

"It seemed like the young people identified with [the Civil Rights Movement] and the conflict was basically between young people and old people," he said. "Nowadays it's not that simple and you'll find even young people in certain political instances or ideologies saying things that certainly I don't agree with, and you'll find young people and old people on the other side."

Fogerty points out that it's not so simple today.

"There were people in the '60s and '70s who expressed the conservative side... but you knew they were gentlemen," the Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman recalled. "You knew they perhaps had a difference mindset but expressed it pretty eloquently. We didn't throw chairs at each other while we were trying to figure things out. That's the part that's pretty disturbing now; I do not think people listen. I think they just try to say what they're saying louder than the other guy."

Netflix on Friday released the new documentary Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall, which shows one of CCR's most legendary gigs and the story of how the band got there.

You can watch the trailer below.

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