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Country Joe McDonald
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Country Joe McDonald at Woodstock (solo performance)
Performed on Day 2
Started at 1.00 pm, Saturday, 16th
Played for 30 min.
Further Information
Festival Day Chronology
Prev. artist Quill at 12:15
Next artist Santana at 2.00 pm

The first performance by Country Joe McDonald was a solo performance without his band The Fish (see also Country Joe & The Fish). He performed on Saturday at noon, 1 pm, though other sources (including himself![1][2]) claim that he performed right after Richie Havens on Friday. However, research with the help of photo and video evidence has shown that this was not true[3][4][5].



Musicians[]

"Country" Joe McDonald - guitar, vocals

Setlist[]

  1. Janis
  2. Donovan's Reef
  3. Heartaches by the Number
  4. Ring of Fire
  5. Tennessee Stud
  6. Rockin' Round the World
  7. Flying High
  8. I Seen a Rocket
  9. The "Fish" Cheer > I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag
  10. I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag (Reprise)

Details[]

Country Joe played a simple but relaxed solo set for about half an hour.

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". 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!"

Miscellaneous[]

Country Joe made some comments regarding the brown acid. According to various stage comments made during the festival the brown acid (LSD) was of inferior quality.

Availability[]

Available songs are scattered across several official releases, other songs come from film outtakes.

Audio[]

Video[]

Images[]

References[]

  1. Country Joe McDonald Woodstock website
  2. Interview with Country Joe McDonald
  3. Yahoo! Woodstock Project mailing list - discussion thread about McDonald's performance time
  4. Yahoo! Woodstock Project mailing list - discussion thread about McDonald's slot in the setlist
  5. Yahoo! Woodstock Project mailing list - original discussion thread which points out the outdated Saturday line-up
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