The Legacy Country Joe and the Fish Left Behind


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The Important Legacy They Left Behind!

Country Joe and the Fish were together only four short years, they have given incredible music with political stance and eclectic rock. They left an important legacy for the history of rock music.

“Largely forgotten as one of the giants of psychedelic rock, Country Joe and the Fish towered over their contemporaries….”

- Joel Selvin of MusicHound Rock

They release their debut, Electric Music for the Mind and Body in 1967, and still remains one of the definitive psychedelic albums of the ear, and their song “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag” managed to inspire thousands of people to make a protest against the Vietnam War.

They were dubbed back in the late 1960s as one of the best psychedelic group alongside with Grateful Dead, Moby Grape, and Jefferson Airplane, and they headlined at the Avalon Ballroom and Fillmore Auditorium along with those aforementioned bands.

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“Janis / The Fish Cheer & I Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag” Country Joe and The Fish – 1967. Here’s another 50 cent record from the swap. I have a 1969 concert poster from the Fillmore hanging in my bathroom that has these guys on it so I’m always reminded about them but except for Woodstock, I’ve never really listened to them till today. It’s way spacier than I expected, but I’m digging it. Reminds me a lot of The Dead or Airplane but much more melancholy in a way. He’d gone out with Janis Joplin who this song is obviously about and it seems like most of the album is an extension of that theme. Anyway, it’s a cool album for 50 cents and I was stoked to find that it still had the “Fish Game” intact. I’m a fool for inserts! #countryjoeandthefish #sanfrancisco #summeroflove #psychedelics #inserts #ifeellikeimfixintodierag #recordoftheday #records #myrecordcollection #myrecordaddiction #vinyl #vinylcollection #vinylcollector #vinyljunkie #vinyllife #vinyllove #the60s #1967

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Country Joe and the Fish received their greatest recognition as one of the greats and we’re remembered for their incredible performance at Woodstock in 1969 and inclusion in the film, Woodstock.

The time when they released their debut, Electric Music for the Mind and Body in 1967, the album became one of the definitive psychedelic rock albums of the era.

“The record… documented perfectly their unique conglomeration of folk, blues, country and rock, It also gave evidence of their involvement with the San Francisco drug and hippie scene on the one hand and the radical political movement.”

- Marianne Ebertowski in the Marshall Cavendish History of Popular Music.

Members include Paul Armstrong (left group, 1966), washboard; Bruce Barthol (left group, 1969), bass; David Cohen (left group, 1969), keyboards; John Francis Gunning (left group, 1966), drums; Chicken Hirsh (left group, 1969), drums; “Country Joe” McDonald (born in 1942 in Washington, D.C.), guitar, vocals; Barry Melton, guitar; Mark Ryan (group member, 1968-69), bass.

Despite their short tenure in the history of rock music, Country Joe And The Fish’s legacy remains.