Country Joe McDonald He is probably best known for a song he performed at the original Woodstock Festival called "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag". The Early Years Country Joe McDonald was born in Washington, D. C., in 1942, but grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of El Monte, California.Joe's parents, Florence and Worden, had moved there after the War, World War II that is, when they began to have difficulties of a political kind. He performed on Saturday at noon, 1 pm, though other sources (including himself! What's that spell ? f___! The Woodstock audience did include at least one Vietnam veteran, snapped in a well-known photo. 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Country Joe & the Fish Yeah, come on all of you, big strong men, Uncle Sam needs your help again. Woodstock: 3 Days That Changed Everything gets inside this familiar story to shed new light on an iconic event. I was tied up at the time,” the late Sen. John McCain famously said in 2007. Performers included Country Joe McDonald, a Navy veteran who served mainly in Japan. Woodstock Wiki is a FANDOM Music Community. She was fresh out of high school and liked rock concerts, and the three-day lineup was packed with acts including The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Plans for a sprawling commemorative Woodstock 50 event elsewhere collapsed amid permitting and other problems . ", He added: "I think America has to take notice.". “There was no one baby boomer generation. Some other Americans saw Woodstock as an outrageous display of indulgence and insouciance in a time of war. Inbetween the song Country Joe made the following rant: "Listen people, I don't know how you expect to ever stop the war if you can't sing any better than that, there's about 300,000 of you fuckers out there, I want you to start singing!". What he did on stage became an important part of the … says Beatty Barnes, who became a Broadway actress and singer. K! Gimme an F! Country Joe McDonald at Woodstock (solo performance), Country Joe McDonald, view from the stage. "It was a really great thing.". Much of the band's music was written by founding members Country Joe McDonald and Barry "The Fish" Melton, with lyrics pointedly addressing issues of importance to the counterculture, such as anti-war protests, free love, and recreational drug use. A half-century later, the Harlem Cultural Festival’s anniversary is being marked with events including a concert in the same park, hosted by rapper and activist Talib Kweli. Her mother wouldn't let her go to Woodstock. Joseph Allen "Country Joe" McDonald (born January 1, 1942) is an American musician who was the lead singer of the 1960s psychedelic rock group Country Joe and the Fish.McDonald was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in El Monte, California, where he was student conductor and … Headliner Nina Simone delivered a set infused with songs of black empowerment and a militant poem that asked black people “are you ready” to instigate social change. McDonald is most famously known for Country Joe & the Fish, who were a staple in the blues and country scene during the Woodstock period. Meanwhile, four days of concerts and events are planned at the Woodstock site, now the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The ""Fish" Cheer" was introduced with the letters F-U-C-K instead of F-I-S-H, followed by the satirical anti-Vietnam song "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag". Many Americans saw Woodstock as a spectacle of spaced-out, skinny-dipping, promiscuous hippies cavorting in squalor — with "little more sanity than the impulses that drive the lemmings to march to their deaths in the sea," as a New York Times editorial put it (while allowing that "the freakish-looking intruders behaved astonishingly well"). "We went for the music and found something so much more, and so much more important — camaraderie," says Karen Breda, who was 17 when she went to Woodstock. Before his solo performance at Woodstock, he was the lead singer for the California based group Country Joe And The Fish. There was no one approach to what Woodstock meant,” says David Farber, a University of Kansas professor of American history. Also featured are songs from Crosby, Stills, and Nash, The Who, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, Country Joe McDonald, Santana, the Jefferson Airplane, and others. Love. The first performance by Country Joe McDonald was a solo performance without his band The Fish (see also Country Joe & The Fish). Come and celebrate 50 years of Peace, Music, Love & Fun — December 26th at 8:00PM! Amazon.com: Woodstock - 3 Days of Peace & Music (The Director's Cut) [VHS]: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker, Country Joe McDonald, Arlo Guthrie, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Janis Joplin, The Who, Sha-Na-Na, Country Joe and the Fish, Alfred Wertheimer, David Myers, Don Lenzer, Malcolm Hart, Michael Margetts, Michael Wadleigh, Bob Maurice, Dale Bell: Movies & TV I will gladly hand-sign anything you send if you include a check for $20 US made out to Joe McDonald. His anti-war “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag” became a memorable Woodstock … You are responsible for the packaging and the postage, both to me and the return packaging and posting. f___! At a time of bitter protests over the Vietnam War, Woodstock "seemed to transcend the anger that clearly a lot of people were feeling. Release Date November 1, 1968. f___! Mark Kapner worked in Neil Diamond’s band for a time then turned to composing soundtracks for yoga and meditation tapes. She recalls feeling part of "a generation that felt like nothing could stop us. He's got himself in a terrible jam Way down yonder in Vietnam So put down your books and pick up a gun, We're gonna have a whole lotta fun. The Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag by Country Joe and the Fish. To many who went or wished they did, the pivotal festival of "peace and music" 50 years ago remains an inspiring moment of counterculture community and youthful freethinking. What's that spell ? Available songs are scattered across several official releases, other songs come from film outtakes. Don't miss the top Navy stories, delivered each afternoon. Two years later, the Veterans of Foreign Wars' magazine marked Woodstock's 40th anniversary with a cover story spotlighting some 109 service members who died in Vietnam during the festival and "are never lauded by the illustrious spokesmen for the 'Sixties Generation.'". "Some people alluded to peace and stuff, but I was talking about Vietnam," McDonald said in a phone interview. "The music spoke for us.". The former Navy pilot would later earn the nomination. According to various stage comments made during the festival the brown acid (LSD) was of inferior quality. Well, come on all of you, big strong men, Uncle Sam needs your help again. "It was embarking onto 'what do we have already here where we can have people gather?'" Box 7064, Berkeley, California 94707-0158. But Woodstock became an “aspirational vision of what countercultural youth thought they could achieve in the United States.”. Country Joe made some comments regarding the brown acid. You can now enjoy this event from home OR in-person! give me a U ! Don't ask me, I don't give a damn, Next stop is Vietnam; - The Briefing 10.22.20, The end of tanks? f___! Country Joe McDonald, lead singer of the psychedelic rock band Country Joe & The Fish, wasn’t supposed to perform at Woodstock as a solo act, but on Saturday afternoon, while the stage was being set for Santana to perform, he was asked to fill some time and keep the audience entertained. F ! McDonald published four editions of the magazine, and sought to incorporate musical influences to support Rag Baby 's left-wing message. There were no reports of violence, and a local police chief called the crowd "the most courteous, considerate and well-behaved group of kids" he'd encountered in his career. U! However, research with the help of photo and video evidence has show… Born a red-diaper baby — he was named after Joseph Stalin — … Country Joe McDonald was born on January 1, 1942 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Joseph Allen McDonald. It was about helping out someone that needed something," says Breda, now a nursing professor at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Country Joe played a simple but relaxed solo set for about half an hour. f___! The other band members continued as CJ Fish but disbanded in 1979. And it's one, two, three, What are we fighting for ? Entertainment Weekly called this film the benchmark of concert movies and one of the most entertaining documentaries ever made.. It was a trek to get near the stage. The Woodstock lineup: Mark Kapner, Country Joe McDonald, Barry Melton, Doug Metzler, Greg Dewey. McDonald has recorded 33 albums and has written hundreds of songs over a career spanning 60 years. Breda and her friends slept in their car after getting separated from another vehicle carrying their camping supplies. Woodstock - Three Days of Peace and Music, Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm, https://woodstock.fandom.com/wiki/Country_Joe_McDonald?oldid=6759, The "Fish" Cheer > I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag, I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag (Reprise). C! Joseph Allen McDonald had been steeped in progressive politics long before he took the Woodstock stage. Vietnam Experience Country Joe McDonald. And for some, Woodstock would serve as an enduring symbol of the divides of the Vietnam War — on one side a throng of young people gathered for "peace and music," on the other more than a half-million of their peers fighting in Vietnam. Country Joe McDonald, Soundtrack: Taking Woodstock. F! And some didn't look to Woodstock to celebrate their own sense of music and identity. Music festival photos are displayed for 1st time, 50 years later. Full and accurate LYRICS for "Vietnam Song (Live From Woodstock)" from "Country Joe & The Fish": Intro Spoken, Give me an F! Peace. Country Joe McDonald turned to solo projects after Woodstock. Woodstock is a 1970 American documentary film of the watershed counterculture Woodstock Festival which took place in August 1969 near Bethel, New York. "It was like a mini-Woodstock to a lot of people," says Ethel Beatty Barnes, who saw the Sly and the Family Stone concert that July, when she was an 18-year-old New Yorker. Get the Country Joe McDonald Setlist of the concert at Max Yasgur's Farm, Bethel, NY, USA on August 16, 1969 and other Country Joe McDonald Setlists for free on setlist.fm! Security was thin. It was about being together. The song’s profane introductory cheer “is an expression of our anger and frustration over the Vietnam War, which was killing us, literally killing us,” said the singer, who helped spearhead the creation of the Vietnam veterans’ memorial in Berkeley, California, in the 1990s. • One genuine Jim Marshall 8×10 glossy photo of Country Joe at the Woodstock Festival, 1969, autographed by Country Joe himself. claim that he performed right after Richie Havens on Friday. Just out of the Navy, he left us a lasting record of Woodstock, A fatal parachute accident, new squad weapons, and jetpack assault teams? Ticket to the premiere of the movie. (Stamps only, no meter strips.) His remark — an allusion to his 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam — got a standing ovation from a Republican presidential primary debate audience. The first performance by Country Joe McDonald was a solo performance without his band The Fish (see also Country Joe & The Fish). The band has its origins in Berkeley 1965 with Joe McDonald and Barry Melton. Rain and mud abounded. Autographed Woodstock Photo. Written By Country Joe McDonald. Associated Press writer Michael Hill contributed from Albany, New York. Sign up for the Navy Times Daily News Roundup to receive the top Navy stories every afternoon. Country Joe McDonald | 50 Years of Peace & Music. Gimme an K! Breda didn’t go to Woodstock looking for a societal vision. The Woodstock Music & Art Fair was a music festival held on a 600-acre (2.4 km²; 240 ha, 0.94 mi²) dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969.Thirty-two acts performed during the sometimes rainy weekend in front of nearly half a million concertgoers. Just send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your request to Joe McDonald, P.O. NEW YORK (AP) — It was the weekend that shaped the image of a “Woodstock Generation.” And that image would echo, appeal and provoke for generations to come. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Gimme an C! Box 7064, Berkeley, CA 94707, USA. "Hello Country Joe McDonald, this is my picture-tribute for 50th years of Woodstock, i think and believe that the values of Peace, collaboration, no competition, no war are still most IMPORTANT and i teach this to young people of new generation... goodbye, Paolo, from Italy." We are of course talking about "Country" Joe McDonald. On the same day his band, Country Joe & the Fish, played at Woodstock, another audience of thousands was in a Harlem park for a concert with its own sense of community and yearnings to challenge the status quo. His anti-war “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag” became a memorable Woodstock moment. Listen to "Bring Back the 60s, Man,"my musical tribute to Woodstock, in RealAudio. In 1965, he and Barry Melton co-founded Country Joe & the Fish which became a pioneer psychedelic rock band with their eclectic performances at the Avalon Ballroom, the Fillmore Auditorium, the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, and both the 1969 original and 1979 reunion Woodstock Festivals. The lineup includes 1969 performers Santana and John Fogerty, but the arts center has made clear it isn't hosting a freewheeling festival: Spectators will need tickets and checkpoint travel passes to get to the site. The Army investigates a Green Beret's fatal parachute accident. However, research with the help of photo and video evidence has shown that this was not true[3][4][5]. What's that spell ? After lying to her parents about her destination, Breda arrived from Boston to find a mind-boggling mass of people, tents, blankets, pot smoke, patchouli and under-preparedness. Over six summer Sundays, an estimated 300,000 people in total gathered to see acts including Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight & the Pips and — like the upstate Woodstock crowd — Sly and the Family Stone. But Beatty Barnes feels the city-sponsored Harlem festival, which was showcased in two network TV specials, showed people didn't have to go far to come together around music. It’s part of Future X Sounds, a socially conscious concert series. Thinking back, Breda rues that "subsequent generations didn't have the opportunity to experience something that I consider to have been so beautiful. In 1965, Country Joe McDonald founded and edited for a local counterculture magazine in Berkeley, California, which he called Rag Baby – a Bay Area adaptation of the folk magazine Broadside. Space, water and toilets were in short supply. Rolling Stone caught up with Woodstock ’69 vets Country Joe McDonald, David Fricke, and Greil Marcus to ask why the inadvertently free music event continues to resonate in popular culture. “I’m sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event. All that and more on The Briefing for 10.22.20. But what she remembers most was happening in the crowd — concertgoers meeting each other, sharing what they had, playing guitars together. Concertgoers weren’t the only ones struck by the fellow-feeling and calm in the crowd — despite scores of drug arrests, medical problems ranging from cut-up bare feet to LSD freakouts, and two deaths, one from a heroin overdose and another when a teen was run over, according to The Associated Press’ reporting from the time. The show was part of the Harlem Cultural Festival, a concert series that would later be dubbed a "Black Woodstock.". I am one of the interviewees in Woodstock -- An Inside Look at the Movie. 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