Country Joe McDonald

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": folk woodstock classic rock rock folk rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

1 January 1942, El Monte, California, USA. Named Joe in honour of Joseph Stalin by his politically active parents, McDonald became immersed in Berkeley’s folk and protest movement during the early 60s. In 1964, he made a low-key album with fellow performer Blair Hardman, and later founded the radical pamphlet, Rag Baby. An early copy included a four-track record that featured the original version of the singer’s celebrated anti-Vietnam War song, ‘I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die-Rag’. In 1965, he formed the Instant Action Jug band, which later evolved into Country Joe And The Fish. This influential acid rock band was one of the era’s finest, but by 1969, McDonald had resumed his solo career. Two tribute albums, Thinking Of Woody Guthrie and Tonight I’m Singing Just For You (a selection of C&W favourites) presaged his first original set, Hold On, It’s Coming, which was recorded in London with several British musicians....

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