The most politically active of the 60s San Francisco hippy bands, Country Joe And The Fish was started in 1965 by McDonald and Melton as a jug band-style duo recording for Tacoma Records. They attracted attention with their notorious 'F-U-C-K' cheer. As psychedelia took hold, they evolved into an electric band whose line-up including Hirsh, Barthol and Cohen is still regarded as definitive. A high-profile performance of their anti-Vietnam war protest I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag at the Woodstock Festival catapulted them to international fame but, by then, the line-up was very different, their most creative period was over, and they never managed to capitalise on their new-found celebrity. From 1970 Joe pursued a solo career which continued into the new millennium.
Followers: The Bevis Frond, Help Yourself, Mayo Thompson
Influenced By: John Fahey, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, The Fugs, The Lovin' Spoonful...