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"Fixin' to Die" and the rest
NEXT STOP IS VIETNAM
News and blues for vets
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A TRIBUTE TO FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE
My site about the famous nurse
Records · Books · Posters
I'm Not Right in the Head.
Master the scale of the universe -- with thanks to Jon Carroll for the tip.
Listen to some background music while you surf. We are currently offering my album Carry On.
Watch a light show while you listen.
Politics, Music, Whales
M A G A Z I N E
A U T O G R A P H S
If you send me a stamped, self-addressed envelope I will send you a photograph of myself at Woodstock with a hand-signed autograph for free. (Stamps only, no meter strips.)
I will gladly hand-sign anything you send if you include a check for $20 US made out to Joe McDonald. You are responsible for the packaging and the postage, both to me
and the return packaging and posting. Send to: Country Joe McDonald, P.O. Box 7064, Berkeley, California 94707-0158.
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... or KPIG from San Francisco
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Get info on my upcoming gigs and booking.
My new CD titled simply 50 is out. Preview the songs, notes, and musicians, and order your copy from the Country Store. Read a review. And another review.
Craft Recordings has announced The Wave of Electrical Sound deluxe vinyl box set, celebrating the groundbreaking music of Country Joe and the Fish. The limited-edition, 4-LP box set offers both mono and stereo versions of Electric Music for the Mind and Body and I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die, pressed on 180-gram vinyl, plus replicas of The Fish Game, a Fish Fan Club book and a Fish calendar; a 30-minute documentary and a 24-page book, featuring rare photos, artwork and new liner notes. Here's the package. You can preorder your copy here.
In keeping with our theme of the 50th anniversary of everything, here's an article from the Arizona Republic about the 50th of The Graduate and its setting, Berkeley.
From Leah Garchik's column in the San Francisco Chronicle:
Thinking about everything lost in the recent [Wine Country] fires, it occurred to Country Joe McDonald that musician fire victims left without their instruments, and without the ability to play would be traumatized “beyond words. I had a couple of guitars I was not using, and also some small things that in a time like this would be golden, like guitar picks, guitar strings and musical tuners.”
He called Bread & Roses, which has been playing for the victims, and they put him in touch with Charlie Cowles, who for 30 years has owned Tall Toad Music in Petaluma. Since the fires, Cowles has been collecting instruments for redistribution to musicians. It “took a while for people to get over the initial shock,” he said, “but it’s heartwarming, the people who have come in. One guy came in with blisters on his arms from the fire, his daughter in the hospital with second degree burns. He needed a guitar to center himself. We were able to fix him up with a guitar and a small amp.”
Cowles gives donors a form for tax purposes. They get something else: “Our concept,” he said, “is to have each person who donates something get an email from the person who got it. To complete the circle.”
He said that McDonald had given him “a couple of real nice Yamaha guitars like the one he played at Woodstock. We fix ’em up, make sure guitars have new strings, etc.” The project’s just getting going. Cowles is reachable at (707) 529-2410.
I put on a show at the San Francisco County Jail for Heroes' Voices, an organization that does music and poetry events for inmate veterans. Check it out. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Kevin Fisher-Paulson was there and gives this account.
There's an interview with me up on the Grateful Web.
I was at the LBJ Presidential Library for the Vietnam War Summit. Read recaps at its website, or see video here.
Alec Palao interviewed me at the Berkeley Historical Society on May 15th as part of its upcoming October 2017 exhibit
"Soundtrack to the 60s: The Berkeley Music Scene." See the video.
There's a New York Times piece commemorating the 50th anniversary of the album version of "Fixin'-to-Die."
At last proof that I improved the health of my generation: The Case for Cursing.
Read journalist Eric Margolis's take on "The Vietnam War: A film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick." I have not watched the series ... and Christpher Koch's piece sums up most of the reasons why. Here's yet a third view from Anh Lee. For factual background on the war, there's Julian Bonds' comic book from 1967.
Learn about the Woodstock 50th anniversary events getting underway.
A lawsuit is claiming that Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" is in the public domain. Read about it.
The UCSF School of Nursing is planning to archive my Tribute to Florence Nightingale website so that its information will be saved for posterity. (But the site will still be available in its current location.) They are also taking over my collection of Nightingale memorabilia. Read an interview with me by the UCSF archivist.
Glass sculptor Peggy Pettigrew Stewart is casting the faces of many Woodstock musicians, including mine, to be reproduced in glass. We're going to be posting pictures of the process here as it goes along.
My son Devin has bought Berkeley's beloved Mr. Mopps' toy store. You can visit Mr. Mopps' on the web and on Facebook.
Here are some videos of me folks have put up:
...or listen to fan tapes of my live shows from the Internet Archive.
A timeline -- listing my performances and other events
Movies, TV, and stage
G.I. Joe -- me in the service
Look at my secret FBI file
Read my testimony at the Chicago Seven trial
Lyrics and album notes
"I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" -- everything you want to know about the song and much, much more!
The story of the notorious Fish Cheer.
Hear some early recordings of my old group, the Berkeley String Quartet.
My earliest musical collaborator was Blair Hardman, and we recorded an album in '65, The Goodbye Blues.
Listen to Country Joe In Space, a virtual compilation of my science-fiction oriented songs. Available only in cyberspace!
Looking for a particular CD? Here's the scoop on all the titles.
Vietnam and war news
Healing from the War, my account of the making of Berkeley's Vietnam memorial
The Great Springfield Pig Roast
Music and psychedelic links
Animal/ecology links and news
A Sixties Scrapbook
Amazing stories that folks have sent me.
"Country Joe collects dolls!?" Yeah, what's it to ya? See my nurse doll collection.
The attic, where we store old junk.
My site dedicated to the accomplishments of Florence Nightingale
My record company's site, <Rag Baby .com>, featuring the Rag Baby On-line Magazine
Country Joe & the Fish
"Wildman" Dave Diamond's Country Joe & the Fish fan page
Barry "The Fish" Melton Web | Facebook
David Bennett Cohen
Gary "Chicken" Hirsh
ED Denson Web | Facebook
Zone Recording Studio (Sonoma County) -- Blair Hardman's studio
Berkeley's Vietnam Vets' Memorial