Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son,” a caustic attack on militarism and the class- and race-based unfairness of the draft, was released and sold well.
“Fortunate Son,” written in 1969 by Creedence lead singer John Fogerty, was an uncompromising two-minute-and-twenty-one-second manifesto about how those with connections and money avoided the draft while the poor and working class had to go to war. Fogerty understood the emerging anger that this disparity created: “In 1968, the majority of the country thought morale was great among the troops. . . . but to some of us who were watching closely, we just knew we were headed for trouble.”
Perhaps the high-water mark of this protest genre came on August 18, 1969, when guitarist