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Published on September 9th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Stu Cook On The CCR Legacy, His Life Outside Of Music & More

Few bands are universally loved and treasured like Creedence Clearwater Revival has been for decades. After all, how many bands have been covered by Elvis Presley, Kid Rock, Tina Turner, Solomon Burke, Alabama, Carrie Underwood, Bryan Adams, the Foo Fighters and the cast of Glee alike? The on-going influence of Creedence Clearwater Revival 50+ years later is especially amazing considering that the band was only active — pre-Internet, of course — for about four years.

In 1995, the original rhythm section of Creedence Clearwater Revival — bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford — regrouped under the moniker Creedence Clearwater Revisited. More than two decades later, Revisited remains a popular touring entity, as rounded out by guitarist Kurt Griffey, multi-instrumentalist Steve Gunner and vocalist/guitarist Dan McGuinness; an earlier incarnation of the group had featured The Cars’ Elliot Easton on lead guitar. This quintet is dedicated to performing Creedence classics as you remember them, rather than forcing you to listen to new compositions.

While attending 2017’s St. Kitts Music Festival, I had the pleasure of interviewing Cook and Clifford at the event’s press conference at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort for PureGrainAudio.com. Then one year later, last summer, I had the pleasure of interviewing Cook again. This time we spoke about CCR’s multi-generational appeal, the evolution of Revisited’s setlist, what he did in the decades between Revival and Revisited, and if there’s anything else left for him to accomplish. The full audio of that Summer 2018 telephone conversation is embedded below for your listening pleasure.

More on Cook, Clifford and Creedence Clearwater Revisited can be found online at www.creedence-revisited.com. The group is in the midst of its Final Revival Tour, which includes upcoming shows at New York’s Tilles Center For The Performing Arts, California’s Kern County Fair, Canada’s Fallsview Casino Resort, New Mexico’s Route 66 Casino, and surprisingly a series of gigs in New Zealand.


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About the Author

is a New York resident (and Long Island native) with over 15 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. In the years following, he worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer.Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Format Magazine, Businessweek, The Improper, the L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. He has been a member of the SATW and the IFWTWA organizations as a food and travel writer.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host the recently-launched "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with PureGrainAudio.


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