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Country Joe MacDonald

Fishman Artist // Country Joe MacDonald

Country Joe was the lead singer of the 1960s psychedelic rock group Country Joe & the Fish.

McDonald was born in Washington, D.C., At the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy. After his enlistment, he attended the Los Angeles City College for a year. In the early 1960s, he began busking on Berkeley, California's famous Telegraph Avenue. His father, Worden McDonald, was of Scottish Presbyterian heritage, and his mother, the late Florence Plotnick, was the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, and served for many years on the Berkeley city council. Both of his parents were active in leftist politics and named their son in honor of Soviet Communist leader Joseph Stalin. As of 2009, Country Joe still lives in Berkeley, California. McDonald's daughter, Seven, is a columnist for the LA Weekly. He has four other children, Devin, Tara, Ryan, and Emily.

McDonald has recorded 33 albums and has written hundreds of songs over a career spanning 40 years. He and Barry Melton co-founded Country Joe & the Fish which became a pioneer psychedelic rock band with their eclectic performances at The Avalon Ballroom, The Fillmore, Monterey Pop Festival and both the original and the reunion Woodstock Festivals.