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If you send me a stamped, self-addressed envelope I will send you a photograph of myself at Woodstock with a hand-signed autograph for free. (Stamps only, no meter strips.)

I will gladly hand-sign anything you send if you include a check for $20 US made out to Joe McDonald. You are responsible for the packaging and the postage, both to me and the return packaging and posting. Send to: Country Joe McDonald, P.O. Box 7064, Berkeley, California 94707-0158.


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Welcome to my home on the web. I'm a singer and songwriter, I used to be in Country Joe & the Fish, and I live in Berkeley, California, Planet Earth.


  • January 14: First Human Be-In
  • March 18: "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride opens at Disneyland
  • March 28: Muhammed Ali refuses induction
  • May 11: Electric Music for the Mind and Body released
  • May 20: Start of the Summer of Love
  • July 1: Beatles release Sgt. Pepper
  • June 12: Loving v. Virginia decision legalizes interracial marriage
  • June 16-18: Monterey Pop Festival
  • June 21: Summer of love begins
  • October 9: Che Guevara executed in Bolivia
  • October 21: Allen Ginsberg fails to levitate the Pentagon
  • November 9: First issue of Rolling Stone magazine

Joe at 75. Photo by Steve Read, from the crew of the BBC documentary on the Summer of Love.

o Get info on my
upcoming gigs and booking.

o My new CD titled simply 50 is coming out in mid-May. Preview the songs and musicians, and check back here for ordering information.

o Country Joe and the Electric Music Band will be playing on April 29 at Telegraph Avenue's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. More info at

o I was at the LBJ Presidential Library for the Vietnam War Summit. Read recaps at its website, or see video here.

o Alec Palao interviewed me at the Berkeley Historical Society on May 15th as part of its upcoming October 2017 exhibit "Soundtrack to the 60s: The Berkeley Music Scene." See the video.

o From Leah Garchik, March 22, San Francisco Chronicle, a deeper look into the "buck" cheer entering further into everyday speech:

Upon reading a recent Overheard about a four-letter word we’ll call “buck” being usable as just about every part of speech, Cathy Robbins referred the matter to her friend Aaron Smith, an academic with a doctorate in linguistics. Smith wrote a brisk refutation: “It just isn’t true! Buck is not a grammatically fascinating word.” It can be used as a noun and a verb, but that’s not unusual, he writes, as well as an interjection — but that’s all. According to Smith, “the assumption of the adjectival status of ‘buck’ is a misanalysis of the use of the word in compounds like ‘buck face,’ ‘buck head,’ etc.” He explains further that you can’t use buck as a comparative or superlative, and that “‘bucker’ is not the same as the agentive noun ‘bucker’ as in ‘what a bucker.’”
I got completely lost in the linguistic briar patch of his explanation, but thank you, Professor Smith, for sharing your wisdom. (Though my spellcheck didn’t much like “misanalysis” and “agentive”).

o Check out the program from a 1965 "International Days of Protest event.

o A lawsuit is claiming that Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" is in the public domain. Read about it.

o My daughter Tara Taylor McDonald has her new web site up and running. Check it out.

o The UCSF School of Nursing is planning to archive my Tribute to Florence Nightingale website so that its information will be saved for posterity. (But the site will still be available in its current location.) They are also taking over my collection of Nightingale memorabilia. Read an interview with me by the UCSF archivist.

o "A Ride with Matt" is a documentary film about Huntington's Disease, intended to raise awareness and to generate support and funding for research to ameliorate or altogether eradicate Huntington’s -- the disease that killed Woody Guthrie. Check it out.

o Philip Buehler has collaborated with Nora Guthrie on Woody Guthrie's Wardy Forty, chronicling Woody's years with Huntington's as seen through his letters, family snapshots, rare interviews and photos of the abandoned Greystone hospital today. Buy your copy here.

o Glass sculptor Peggy Pettigrew Stewart is casting the faces of many Woodstock musicians, including mine, to be reproduced in glass. We're going to be posting pictures of the process here as it goes along.

They've been trying to make a movie about Janis Joplin for the last 15 years. Candidates for the role have included Zooey Deschanel, Nina Arianda, Pink, and Renee Zellweger. Now it's on again under the title Get It While You Can, with Joplin played by -- the envelope please -- Amy Adams. It was supposed to start shooting late in 2015, but has apparently been delayed by legal wrangling. Meanwhile the documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and will be seen on PBS's American Masters.

o My son Devin has bought Berkeley's beloved Mr. Mopps' toy store. You can visit Mr. Mopps' on the web and on Facebook.



October 18, 1926 ~ March 18, 2017

“If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’”
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Collage by Charlotte Jackson.

o Older posts

Here are some videos of me folks have put up:
...or listen to fan tapes of my live shows from the Internet Archive.

Who Am I?
Click to see my family o A biography
o A timeline -- listing my performances and other events
o Movies, TV, and stage
o G.I. Joe -- me in the service
o Look at my secret FBI file
o Read my testimony at the Chicago Seven trial
o About Woodstock

Musical Notes
Click to see me at Woodstock o A discography
o Lyrics and album notes
o "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" -- everything you want to know about the song and much, much more!
o The story of the notorious Fish Cheer.
o Hear some early recordings of my old group, the Berkeley String Quartet.
o My earliest musical collaborator was Blair Hardman, and we recorded an album in '65, The Goodbye Blues.
o My guitars.
o Listen to Country Joe In Space, a virtual compilation of my science-fiction oriented songs. Available only in cyberspace!
o Looking for a particular CD? Here's the scoop on all the titles.
o Joe's Jukebox

Next Stop Is Vietnam
Click to learn about my military service. o War music
o Vietnam and war news
o Healing from the War, my account of the making of Berkeley's Vietnam memorial
o The Great Springfield Pig Roast

Section 43
Click to see me in Copenhagen o Fun with Gunz!
o Music and psychedelic links
o Animal/ecology links and news
o Pot news
o Berkeley links
o A Sixties Scrapbook
o Amazing stories that folks have sent me.
o "Country Joe collects dolls!?" Yeah, what's it to ya? See my nurse doll collection.
o The attic, where we store old junk.

Places to Go
Click to see Old McDonald's farm o My site dedicated to the accomplishments of Florence Nightingale
o My record company's site, <Rag Baby .com>, featuring the Rag Baby On-line Magazine
o Country Joe & the Fish
o "Wildman" Dave Diamond's Country Joe & the Fish fan page
o Barry "The Fish" Melton Web | Facebook
o David Bennett Cohen
o Bruce Barthol
o Gary "Chicken" Hirsh
o Mark Kapner
o ED Denson Web | Facebook
o Zone Recording Studio (Sonoma County) -- Blair Hardman's studio
o The Jabberwock
o Berkeley's Vietnam Vets' Memorial

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