elcome 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.|
Get info on my upcoming gigs and booking.
My new CD titled simply 50 is out. Preview the songs, notes, and musicians, and order your copy from the Country Store. Read a review.
There's an interview with me up on the Grateful Web.
I was at the LBJ Presidential Library for the Vietnam War Summit. Read recaps at its website, or see video here.
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.
If you're interested in Country Joe collectibles, there are many items being auctioned here.
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”).
Jimmy Hayes, bass singer for the a cappella group The Persuasions, has died at 74. Read an obituary.
See the poster for the Woodstock 50th anniversary event that I am hosting.
A lawsuit is claiming that Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" is in the public domain. Read about it.
My daughter Tara Taylor McDonald has her new web site up and running. Check it out.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
My son Devin has bought Berkeley's beloved Mr. Mopps' toy store. You can visit Mr. Mopps' on the web and on Facebook.
Collage by Charlotte Jackson.
Here are some videos of me folks have put up:
...or listen to fan tapes of my live shows from the Internet Archive.
A timeline -- listing my performances and other events
Movies, TV, and stage
G.I. Joe -- me in the service
Look at my secret FBI file
Read my testimony at the Chicago Seven trial
Lyrics and album notes
"I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" -- everything you want to know about the song and much, much more!
The story of the notorious Fish Cheer.
Hear some early recordings of my old group, the Berkeley String Quartet.
My earliest musical collaborator was Blair Hardman, and we recorded an album in '65, The Goodbye Blues.
Listen to Country Joe In Space, a virtual compilation of my science-fiction oriented songs. Available only in cyberspace!
Looking for a particular CD? Here's the scoop on all the titles.
Vietnam and war news
Healing from the War, my account of the making of Berkeley's Vietnam memorial
The Great Springfield Pig Roast
Fun with Gunz!
Music and psychedelic links
Animal/ecology links and news
A Sixties Scrapbook
Amazing stories that folks have sent me.
"Country Joe collects dolls!?" Yeah, what's it to ya? See my nurse doll collection.
The attic, where we store old junk.
My site dedicated to the accomplishments of Florence Nightingale
My record company's site, <Rag Baby .com>, featuring the Rag Baby On-line Magazine
Country Joe & the Fish
"Wildman" Dave Diamond's Country Joe & the Fish fan page
Barry "The Fish" Melton Web | Facebook
David Bennett Cohen
Gary "Chicken" Hirsh
ED Denson Web | Facebook
Zone Recording Studio (Sonoma County) -- Blair Hardman's studio
Berkeley's Vietnam Vets' Memorial