2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Creedence Clearwater Revival, as the band started by John Fogerty, Doug Clifford, Stu Cook and Tom Fogerty released its self-titled debut record in 1968.
With that as the impetus for celebration, Craft Recordings premiered a new music video for the classic anti-war anthem, “Fortunate Son” — which may very well be the most universally known CCR song.
Directed by Ben Fee, the clip focuses on the phrase “It Ain’t Me,” as well as glimpses of happiness and positivity throughout the country:
“I wanted to highlight the community and positivity that everybody shares…I wanted to show what America feels like when you actually hit the road and drive throughout the states,” Fee explained.
Fee’s goal with the video was transposing the song’s original theme of the Vietnam War to apply to our current climate in the United States:
“I met so many beautiful people,” says Fee of the folks he shot for the video. “I went to the Taos Pueblo people, into their land, and met with the war chief, and they were very big fans of CCR. They were so welcoming because they knew the song and the band, and they really loved the idea of protest through positivity.”
There’s much more in store to mark the band’s 50th anniversary. Per the press release, the half-century celebration will continue in the coming months to fill out the CCR story even further. Craft will be honoring the band’s musical legacy via a diverse array of media, products and events; including a special release coming this fall.