The Monterrey Pop Festival and Woodstock were two likely places to find the most political band of the 1960s. And they were there, Country Joe McDonald leading the way.
The group blossomed just in time for the 1967 “Summer of Love,” and headlined at these protest venues.
McDonald, a radical by birth, he was named after Joseph Stalin, is most famous for his song, Feel Like I’m Fixing to Die. But, after his 1969 arrests for inciting an audience and marijuana possession, the band began to unravel.
Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland were his companions in the Free the Army (FTA) campaign of the early 1970s. But soon, by the middle 1970s, McDonald was in debt and had lost his wife. He never returned to the popularity he had.
To his further consternation, his bass guitar player with Country Joe and the Fish, Barry Melton, became a bona fide “establishment” citizen and public defender in the San Francisco Bay area. Melton ran unsuccessfully for a city judgeship in 1992.
Additional information on Country Joe and the Fish
Country Joe and the Fish have recorded over 25 albums, including Electric Music for the mind and Body (1967) and Here We Go Again: Greatest Hits (1969). All may be found at CD Warehouse in Charlotte, ordered through Amazon.com, or at any Charlotte area Barnes and Noble or Borders.
Google images has a picture gallery showing the Country Joe and the Fish in publicity shots and on album covers.
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