CCR started their 50th anniversary celebrations with a bang, releasing the first ever music video for ‘Fortunate Son’.
Originally released in 1969, “Fortunate Son” immediately became an anti-Vietnam War anthem.
Writer John Fogerty had been inspired by his experience in the U.S. Army Reserve, and he realized that children of senior politicians and business leaders were unlikely to have their lives put at risk. “It made me so angry that the rich old men make the war, and the poor young men have to fight it,” he said in a Pitchfork interview in 2007.
“Beyond its anti-war sentiment, ‘Fortunate Son’ is an anthem for the 99 percenters, condensing a critique of elitism and class privilege into three simple but powerfully defiant words: It Ain’t Me,” Craft Recordings said in a statement. “The [CCR 50th-anniversary] celebration is about writing a new chapter in the band’s history, giving longtime fans new ways to engage with Creedence’s legacy and creating pathways for younger generations to discover their timeless, all-American sound.”
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