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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].


"Country" Joe McDonald - guitar, vocals


  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)


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!"


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.


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





  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 Woodstock Project mailing list - original discussion thread which points out the outdated Saturday line-up