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Country Joe McDonald

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Politics and ecological problems were arranged to musical accompaniment by Nation Joe McDonald, who co-founded and led the psychedelic folk-rock band Nation Joe & the Seafood, the best left-wing band from the ’60s. Because the group’s separation in 1971, McDonald offers continuing to musically espouse his politics sights through his unique, folk-like tracks. A indigenous of Washington, D.C., McDonald was raised in Un Monte, CA, a suburb of LA, where his parents, Florence and Worden, got moved to flee political problems in the administrative centre city. Music performed an important part through McDonald’s years as a child, and he went to many concerts at Un Monte Legion Stadium; after getting enchanted by Dixieland music, he frequented the Lighthouse Membership in Hermosa Seaside. At age 17, McDonald enlisted within the U.S. Navy. Pursuing his release after 3 years, he went to City University in LA for a calendar year. Although he transferred to Berkeley to keep his schooling, McDonald was sidetracked by his like of music and spent the majority of his period playing in rings just like the Berkeley String Quartet and the moment Action Jug Music group, which included potential bandmate Barry Melton. Joined up with by folk guitarist Blair Hardman, McDonald documented his first music in 1964. Released originally by First American Information, lots of the music were afterwards re-recorded by McDonald for his 1976 record The Goodbye Blues. McDonald stayed energetic in politics within the middle-’60s, and released a left-wing newspaper, Rag Baby. After posting the initial few issues from the newspaper, McDonald conceived the thought of recording a particular “speaking” concern. Released simply because an EP, the problem highlighted two music, “PERSONALLY I THINK Like I’m Repairing to Die Rag,” a Dixieland-like indictment from the Vietnam Battle, and “Superbird,” a satire targeted at Leader Lyndon Johnson; both had been acknowledged to “Nation Joe & the Seafood.” Following conclusion of the task, McDonald and Melton decided to form a far more serious rock-band. With McDonald’s politics lyrics arranged to a powerful rock beat, Nation Joe & the Seafood became popular within the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Bay area, carrying out frequently in the Jabberwocky coffeehouse in Berkeley as well as the Avalon and Fillmore Auditorium in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. Their second EP presented three of McDonald’s music — “Bass Strings,” “Section 43,” and “(Thing Known as) Like.” Authorized by Vanguard Information in Dec 1966, Nation Joe & the Fish quickly released their 1st recording, Electric powered Music for your brain and Body. Although “PERSONALLY I THINK Like I’m Fixing to Die Rag” was designed to become included on the recording, the record label confident McDonald to omit it. It had been finally released because the name tabs on the band’s second recording. A single from the tune reached quantity 32 for the Billboard graphs. McDonald & the Seafood produced their East Coastline debut in the Cafe Au Proceed Go ahead 1967. Following a release of the third recording, Collectively, in 1968, the music group toured European countries, where these were fulfilled by enthusiastic crowds. Their 4th recording, Here WE HAVE BEEN Once again, released in 1969, presented musical guests Jack port Casady of Jefferson Aircraft and David Getz and Peter Albin of YOUR GOVERNMENT & the Keeping Company. Alongside the Seafood, McDonald performed for the most part from the main music festivals from the ’60s. Their overall performance in the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 was presented within the film of the function. Furthermore to performing using the group at Woodstock in August 1969, McDonald performed a single set which was capped by his obscene changing from the “Seafood Cheer” intro to “PERSONALLY I THINK Like I’m Fixin’ to Die.” Included within the film from the celebration, the intro brought McDonald to worldwide attention. Woodstock, nevertheless, came through the last stages from the band’s tenure. Within the aftermath from the celebration, McDonald was imprisoned in Worcester, MA for inciting an viewers to lewd behavior, while Melton was imprisoned for ownership of weed. Although they documented a final record, C.J. Seafood, with a fresh keyboard participant and tempo section, and experienced appeared within the 1970 film Zacharia, Nation Joe & the Seafood disbanded in 1971. By that point, however, McDonald experienced signed a single agreement with Vanguard and documented two albums in Nashville — Thinking about Woody Guthrie, released in Dec 1969, and Tonight I’m Performing Simply for You, released in-may 1970. McDonald continuing to tour and record like a single singer/songwriter. Throughout a tour of Britain, he documented an recording, HANG ON: It’s Arriving, with accompaniment by Fleetwood Mac pc guitarist Peter Green as well as other United kingdom music artists. In Scandinavia, McDonald was contracted by film manufacturer Knud Thorbjorsen to compose tracks to get a film predicated on Henry Miller’s book Quiet Times in Clichy. The three tracks he had written — “Mara,” “Ny’s Track,” and “Henry Miller as well as the Hungry Globe” — had been included on the film’s soundtrack. When Grove Movies attempted to transfer copies from the film showing in USA theaters, these were seized by traditions and dubbed “obscene.” Grove Movies eventually received a court fight, as well as the film premiered in NY in 1971. McDonald later on scored and made an appearance inside a Chilean film, Que Hacer, documenting Salvador Allende’s effective campaign for chief executive. Beginning in Apr 1971, McDonald became mixed up in growing anti-war motion and made an appearance at presentations in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA and Washington, D.C.. As well as Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, McDonald made an appearance during an FTA (Totally free the Military) tour of Vietnam that highlighted skits by previous Second City people Ann and Roger Bowen. Although he became disenchanted with Fonda’s politics views and still left the show, the knowledge earned McDonald an area on Leader Nixon’s foe list. Time for america, McDonald documented an EP using the San Fransisco-based music group Grootna. A single efficiency in the bottom Line premiered being a live recording, Amazing Live!, in 1972. During 1972 and 1973, McDonald performed using the All-Star Music group, a group primarily comprised of users from the Seafood and YOUR GOVERNMENT & the Keeping Company. The music group followed McDonald on his 1973 recording Paris Classes. McDonald spent the majority of 1974 surviving in Europe. Time for California in 1975, he became a member of a music group, Energy Problems, that presented former Seafood Bruce Barthol and ex-Instant Actions Jug Music group member Phil Marsh. The music group made an appearance on McDonald’s 1975 record, Heaven with an Sea View. The record, including the anthemic tune “Save the Whales,” shown a rise in McDonald’s ecological dedication. The remainder from the ’70s symbolized McDonald’s most prolific period as he released seven albums — Appreciate Is a Fireplace, Goodbye Blues, Rock and roll & Move Music from the earth Earth, Enjoyment Suite, BY MYSELF, Into the Fireplace, and Child’s Play. In 1977, Nation Joe & the Seafood temporarily came jointly once again to record an record, Reunion. From 1982, McDonald became associated with furthering the reason for Vietnam veterans and caused such organizations as Vietnam Veterans Contrary to the Battle, Swords to Plowshares, and Vietnam Veterans of America. His encounter peaked using the release of the recording and video, Vietnam Encounter, in 1988. McDonald’s 1991 recording, Superstitious Blues, was a mainly acoustic work and included two tunes documented with Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Deceased. KEEP ON, released in 1995, was influenced by the loss of life of McDonald’s parents and presented his coming in contact with tribute to Florence Nightingale, “THE GIRL with the Light fixture,” as well as the name track, which highlighted Garcia on guitar.

Quick Facts


Full Name Country Joe McDonald
Profession Actor, Singer, Film Score Composer
Education Los Angeles City College
Nationality American
Spouse Kathe Werrum, Kathy Wright
Children Seven Anne McDonald, Ryan McDonald, Tara McDonald, Devin McDonald, Emily McDonald
Parents Worden McDonald, Florence Plotnick
Music Groups Country Joe and the Fish
Music Songs I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag, Agent Orange Song, Oh, Jamaica, Tricky Dicky, Save The Whales!, Hold On, It's Coming, Roll on, Columbia, Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine, Breakfast for Two, Ring of Fire, Young Fellow, My Lad, Vietnam Veteran Still Alive, Thank The Nurse, Six Days on the Road, Peace on Earth, Mr Big Pig, The Munition Maker, Entertainment Is My Business, Living in the Future in a Plastic Dome, Pastures of Plenty, Kiss My Ass, I'm on the Road Again, Vietnam Never Again, Power Plant Blues, Bass Strings, Sweet Marie, When the Curfew Blows, Jean Desprez, Woman at Home, Blues for Michael, Picks and Lasers, Blowing Down That Dusty Road
Albums Paradise With An Ocean View, Thinking of Woody Guthrie, Paris Sessions, Vietnam Experience, Electric Music for the Mind and Body, Incredible! Live!, I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die, Country Joe, War War War, Hold On It's Coming, Eat Flowers & Kiss Babies, Into the Fray, Time Flies By, Tribute to Woody Guthrie, At The Borderline, 18th April 2006, Natural Imperfections, A Tribute To Woody Guthrie, Live In New York '71, Child's Play, Live at Troubadour Festival 1997, Superstitious Blues, Carry On, On My Own, Tonight I'm Singing Just For You, 50, Peace on Earth, The Best of Country Joe McDonald: The Vanguard Years, Classics, Vanguard Visionaries
Movies More American Graffiti, Pound, Quiet Days in Clichy, Revolution, Country Joe Band: Turned Up and Turned On, ¡Qué hacer!


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#Fact
1 Is an active opponent of the Iraq war.
2 Lives in Berkeley, California.
3 Has done extensive volunteer work with Vietnam-Era veterans.
4 U.S. Navy Veteran (Honorably Discharged: 23 November 1965).
5 Among the causes he has worked for include marijuana legalization, veteran's rights and environmentalist issues.
6 His most famous composition is also his most controversial; "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag".


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel 2009 Documentary lyrics: "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" - as Joe McDonald / music: "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" - as Joe McDonald
Taking Woodstock 2009 writer: "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" - as Joe McDonald
Generation Kill 2008 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
P.O.V. 2007 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Following Sean 2005 Documentary writer: "Section 43" - as Joe McDonald
Get Up, Stand Up TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
Grand Theft Parsons 2003 lyrics: "Flying High" - as Joe McDonald / music: "Flying High" - as Joe McDonald
The Cockettes 2002 Documentary performer: "The Agony of Hibiscus" / writer: "The Agony of Hibiscus" - as Joe McDonald
Steal This Movie 2000 lyrics: "Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag", "Superbird" - as Joe McDonald / music: "Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag", "Superbird" - as Joe McDonald
Human Traffic 1999 writer: "Dirt" - as J. McDonald
Stars in Their Eyes 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Walk on the Moon 1999 performer: "The Fish Cheer" 1969, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" 1968 / writer: "The Fish Cheer" 1969, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" 1968 - as Joe McDonald
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Panther 1995/I writer: "Fixin' To Die"
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode, 1993 writer - 1 episode, 1993
Jack the Bear 1993 writer: "Section 43"
Woodstock: The Lost Performances 1990 Video documentary performer: "Rockin' Around the World" / writer: "Rockin' Around the World"
Berkeley in the Sixties 1990 Documentary writer: "Section 43", "I-Fell-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag", "Death Sound Blues"
The Wonder Years TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1989 writer - 1 episode, 1989
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam 1987 TV Movie documentary writer: "GRACE"
Hamburger Hill 1987 writer: "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag"
Sword of Honour 1986 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
My Science Project 1985 writer: "Fish Cheer and I-Feel-Like-I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" - as Joe McDonald
Purple Haze 1982 writer: "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag"
More American Graffiti 1979 writer: "Fixin' to Die Rag"
Top of the Pops 1976 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Pickup's Tricks 1973 Documentary performer: "Tricks Is Made for Kids" / writer: "Tricks Is Made for Kids"
Stamping Ground 1971 Documentary arranger: "Freedom Is a Constant Struggle" / performer: "Freedom Is a Constant Struggle"
The Omega Man 1971 performer: "Rock 'n' Soul Music" - uncredited / writer: "Rock 'n' Soul Music" - uncredited
Zachariah 1971 lyrics: "We're the Crackers" / music: "We're the Crackers"
Rebel 1970 performer: "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" / writer: "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag"
Captain Milkshake 1970 writer: "Untitled Protest"
Woodstock 1970 Documentary performer: "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" / writer: "Rock and Soul Music", "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993 TV Mini-Series Joaquin
More American Graffiti 1979 Country Joe and the Fish
¡Qué hacer! 1972 Country (as Joe McDonald)
Zachariah 1971 Cracker (uncredited)
Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It. 1970 AM Radio (as Country Joe)

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vietnam: The Secret Agent 1983 Documentary
¡Qué hacer! 1972
Quiet Days in Clichy 1970

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hippies 2007 TV Movie documentary additional music

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bound for Glory 1976 thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
What Is Classic Rock? 2017 Documentary Himself
American Masters 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
The Resurrection of Victor Jara 2015 Documentary Himself (unconfirmed)
Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho 2015 Documentary
Janis: Little Girl Blue 2015 Documentary Himself
A Venue for the End of the World 2014 Documentary Himself
Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield 2013 Documentary
This Ain't No Mouse Music 2013 Documentary Himself
On the Trail of Easy Rider: 40 Years On... Still Searching for America 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Woodstock: Now & Then 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Folk America 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
American Music: Off the Record 2008 Documentary Himself
Hippies 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mulatschag 2006 TV Series Himself
Queens of Heartache 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Drug Years 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Songs of Clichy 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Behind the Music 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Cold War 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Feed Your Head 1997 Documentary short Himself (Interview)
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Vietnam: Coming to Terms 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself - Composer
Woodstock Diary 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Country Joe and the Fish)
Woodstock: The Lost Performances 1990 Video documentary Himself
20 Years After: A Woodstock Reunion 1989 Video Himself
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
Musikladen 1974 TV Series Himself
In Concert 1973 TV Series Himself
Stamping Ground 1971 Documentary Himself
Playboy After Dark 1970 TV Series Singer
Woodstock 1970 Documentary Himself - Country Joe and the Fish (uncredited)
How We Stopped the War 1969 Documentary short Himself (Country Joe and the Fish)
Monterey Pop 1968 Documentary Performers (as Country Joe and The Fish)
Revolution 1968 Documentary Himself (as Country Joe and the Fish)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Get Up, Stand Up 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Rebel 1970 Himself (uncredited)

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#Trademark
1 His dark sense of humour and songs about the Vietnam war


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