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Activist Country Joe "Fish Cheer" McDonald wonders where the rage has gone
The Edmonton Journal ^ | November 14, 2004 | Jim Farrell

Posted on 11/16/2004 10:17:00 PM PST by maikeru

Woodstock performer Joe McDonald (Country Joe and The Fish) leads crowd in singing 1960s antiwar songs

Thin, clean-shaven, balding and slightly stooped, the 62-year-old McDonald says he's still a socialist but confesses he's now part of the middle class.

Organizers had tried to get people out. Groups involved in the protest included the Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism, Marxist organizations, non-Muslim supporters of the Palestinian cause, members of the Unitarian Church and the occasional Vietnam war draft evader and army deserter.

McDonald's sound system was handled by Mike Tulley, an American army draftee who arrived in Canada in April 1971 after fleeing Fort Lewis, Wash. "The Vietnam war was raging. I didn't want to go," Tulley said.

McDonald had warned about the fate that awaited draftees like Tulley when he took the stage at Woodstock to sing Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die Rag.

"One, two, three, what are we fighting for,

"Don't ask me, I don't give a damn.

"Next stop is Vietnam."

When McDonald sang the song again on Saturday, older members of the crowd remembered the lyrics and sang along.

Most younger members, like 22-year-old Amber Larson couldn't. She'd never heard it before, just as she had never heard of the famed Berkeley band, Country Joe and the Fish.

Larsen admitted she hadn't even seen the movie Woodstock as she lit a sprig of sage. "I'm doing this for clarification," she explained. "I want to clear the energy auras."

After several speeches condemning genocide, the bombing of cities, international oil cartels and American imperialism as well as a half-dozen songs, the crowd paraded out of the park.

(Excerpt) Read more at canada.com ...


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Just 2 of the 40,000...
1 posted on 11/16/2004 10:17:00 PM PST by maikeru
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To: maikeru

I thought that Country Joe had died of an overdose by now...


2 posted on 11/16/2004 10:21:05 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Half a league, half a league rode the MSM into the valley of obscurity)
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To: maikeru

Probably the same place his talent went...


3 posted on 11/16/2004 10:22:57 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: maikeru
"McDonald wonders where the rage has gone"

well , Joe, alot of just plain figured out we were wrong....

Apr. 1975 - Phnom Penh and Saigon did it for me.
4 posted on 11/16/2004 10:24:11 PM PST by injin
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To: maikeru

By the way, what exactly is "country" about Country Joe. And where did he learn rag time?


5 posted on 11/16/2004 10:24:29 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: maikeru
"I'm doing this for clarification," she explained. "I want to clear the energy auras."

So how is chanting the "f" word going to accomplish that? Unless Country Joe dropped the "fish cheer" part of his performances.

6 posted on 11/16/2004 10:28:36 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (This space for rant)
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To: nickcarraway
Everything you'ld ever want to know about Country Joe and the Fish
7 posted on 11/16/2004 10:28:43 PM PST by maikeru (40000 draft dodgers and 1 province have made this country what it is today...)
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To: maikeru

How does it feel to be completely irrelevant?


8 posted on 11/16/2004 10:29:28 PM PST by mikeus_maximus
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To: Army Air Corps

Funny thing is he was a Navy vet.


9 posted on 11/16/2004 10:30:25 PM PST by Pelham
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To: maikeru

kent state, a good start.


10 posted on 11/16/2004 10:31:09 PM PST by Big Guy and Rusty 99 ("I bet you've never smelled a real school bus before.")
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To: nickcarraway

From a woman child known as Not So Sweet Lorraine.


11 posted on 11/16/2004 10:31:34 PM PST by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: nickcarraway
nickcarraway said: "...And where did he learn rag time?"

MMMMM...(oh how I'm trying to stifle)...can't say it... wouldn't be good...(sitting on my hands)...won't go there.

12 posted on 11/16/2004 10:33:16 PM PST by bd476 (European leaders: No ETA on their arrival at the nuthouse - they already live there.)
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To: maikeru
Everything you'ld ever want to know about Country Joe and the Fish.

Politics aside for a moment, it must have been a hell of a party for four years or so. Got to admit that.

13 posted on 11/16/2004 10:33:35 PM PST by daguberment (The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish....)
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To: maikeru
I love the welcom to the country joe and the fish home page:

welcome to the official World Wide Web home of the 60s band that stopped the war in Vietnam. Bring flowers, godseyes, and boxes of air.

Dude, I thought we were surrender our egos, come into being, man.

14 posted on 11/16/2004 10:36:07 PM PST by Big Guy and Rusty 99 ("I bet you've never smelled a real school bus before.")
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To: maikeru

To kids coming up now Vietnam will be as remote as WWI was to us born in the fifties.

I was at CRC Korea when Saigon fell. I can't remember anyone even mentioning it.

What rage is this fool talking about?


15 posted on 11/16/2004 10:36:37 PM PST by claudiustg (Go Sharon! Go Bush!)
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To: daguberment

---Politics aside for a moment, it must have been a hell of a party for four years or so. Got to admit that.---

It might have been the greatest party ever thrown!


16 posted on 11/16/2004 10:38:25 PM PST by claudiustg (Go Sharon! Go Bush!)
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To: maikeru

so he wonders where the rage has gone... why doesn't he ask Michael Moore... or Al Gore... or Howard Dean... or all those stupid "anti-war" anti-American protestors that nobody pays attention to


17 posted on 11/16/2004 10:38:28 PM PST by mysto
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To: maikeru

If he ever gets near me, I'll beat his tired old, unrepentant a$$. He wants rage? I'll provide it.


18 posted on 11/16/2004 10:39:37 PM PST by faithincowboys
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To: mysto

I just wish all his fellow liberal socialists would follow his lead & move to Canada... we keep thinking they won't actually leave but this hippie loser did... why can't they all? GET OUT & STAY OUT


19 posted on 11/16/2004 10:42:07 PM PST by mysto
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To: daguberment
re: it must have been a hell of a party for four years or so. Got to admit that.

You bet...' Psychedelic music ', ' Fillmore West ', ' Big Brother and The Holding Company ', 'Quicksilver Messenger Service ', 'The Jefferson Airplane', 'Grateful Dead', 'Led Zeppelin', 'Iron Butterfly', 'Monterey Pop Festival', 'Woodstock'....those were the days !!

20 posted on 11/16/2004 10:55:53 PM PST by maikeru (40000 draft dodgers and 1 province have made this country what it is today...)
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To: Canada


Hey Canada mind your own F*!@ing business.


21 posted on 11/16/2004 10:58:14 PM PST by DugMac ((Regan Rules))
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To: maikeru

He stole from Kid Ory??? Stealing "Muskrat Ramble" is enough to get Louis Armstrong mad at him.


22 posted on 11/16/2004 11:48:27 PM PST by nickcarraway
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23 posted on 11/16/2004 11:55:42 PM PST by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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To: mysto

The "rage" switched sides. We realize that Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, and others in the mainstream media are partisan liars who fabricate news items entirely. Bias indicates a partisan presentation of the facts.

These scum outright lie. THIS is where the outrage is today. It is why more people came to the polls for Bush than all "anybody but Bush" candidates combined.


24 posted on 11/17/2004 12:02:27 AM PST by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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To: maikeru

And than you grow up and realize your heros were nothing more than drug addicts and total losers.


25 posted on 11/17/2004 12:08:55 AM PST by John Lenin
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To: maikeru
There are close to a million people in the Edmonton area. According to this article, which is much more entertaining than the excerpt would indicate, Country Joe sang -- for free -- to 120 people. BTW, the re-election of George W. Bush has depressed Marxists (a group which includes Joe McDonald's entire family)around the world. Check out the details.

canada, canadian search engine, free email, canada news
 
Sparsely attended peace rally hearkens back to Vietnam era
Woodstock performer Joe McDonald leads crowd in singing 1960s antiwar songs
 
Jim Farrell
The Edmonton Journal

CREDIT: Ed Kaiser, the Journal
Activist Country Joe McDonald wonders where the rage has gone.
CREDIT: Ed Kaiser, the Journal
Four-year-old Adrianne Gaa attended the Saturday peace rally in Gazebo Park with her grandmother.

EDMONTON -- A folk-singing icon of the 1960s who performed at Woodstock took centre stage at Gazebo Park on Saturday and wondered where the rage has gone.

Country Joe McDonald stood in the Gazebo near Whyte Avenue, strummed his flat-top guitar and sang an antiwar protest song.

McDonald brought hundreds of thousands of young people to their feet in 1969 to jeer the Vietnam War at the Woodstock festival.

On this sunny afternoon, his presence attracted about 120 people to decry the American assault on Fallujah and the ongoing Iraq war.

Like Jerry Hill, the majority of crowd members were middle-aged. Many were admitted old hippies.

"Do we need a draft again to inspire political protest?" asked Hill, a recently retired investment broker. "There certainly is a great deal of apathy among the younger people."

Most of the younger set admitted they'd never heard of McDonald or his infamous "Fish Cheer."

Thin, clean-shaven, balding and slightly stooped, the 62-year-old McDonald says he's still a socialist but confesses he's now part of the middle class.

Some organizers of the 1 p.m. free concert and subsequent protest parade excused the sparse attendance. Perhaps it was the lack of advertising and advance publicity. Edmonton's Muslim community hadn't shown up.

Organizers had tried to get people out. Groups involved in the protest included the Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism, Marxist organizations, non-Muslim supporters of the Palestinian cause, members of the Unitarian Church and the occasional Vietnam war draft evader and army deserter.

McDonald's sound system was handled by Mike Tulley, an American army draftee who arrived in Canada in April 1971 after fleeing Fort Lewis, Wash. "The Vietnam war was raging. I didn't want to go," Tulley said.

McDonald had warned about the fate that awaited draftees like Tulley when he took the stage at Woodstock to sing Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die Rag.

"One, two, three, what are we fighting for,

"Don't ask me, I don't give a damn.

"Next stop is Vietnam."

When McDonald sang the song again on Saturday, older members of the crowd remembered the lyrics and sang along.

Most younger members, like 22-year-old Amber Larson couldn't. She'd never heard it before, just as she had never heard of the famed Berkeley band, Country Joe and the Fish.

Larsen admitted she hadn't even seen the movie Woodstock as she lit a sprig of sage. "I'm doing this for clarification," she explained. "I want to clear the energy auras."

After several speeches condemning genocide, the bombing of cities, international oil cartels and American imperialism as well as a half-dozen songs, the crowd paraded out of the park.

As they moved down 83rd Avenue and onto Whyte Avenue to tie up Saturday afternoon traffic, a march organizer chanted the familiar leftist mantra into a bullhorn: "The people, united, will never be defeated. ..."

jfarrell@thejournal.canwest.com


26 posted on 11/17/2004 12:32:32 AM PST by TheMole
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To: maikeru
I like how the writer seems surprised that Edmonton's Muslim community didn't show up. You know how Muslims are generally such huge fans of 1960s American folk singers.
27 posted on 11/17/2004 12:39:33 AM PST by Caesar Soze
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To: weegee

THE PARTY IS OVER!





28 posted on 11/17/2004 12:42:12 AM PST by devolve (                         )
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To: maikeru

I missed it all but I was big into the 60s during the 70s and 80s. "Electric Music for the Mind and Body" is one of my favorite albums of all time!


29 posted on 11/17/2004 1:48:01 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth...)
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To: maikeru

Smells like dead fish........


30 posted on 11/17/2004 2:25:20 AM PST by Route101
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To: maikeru
"I want to clear the energy auras."

Don't we all?

31 posted on 11/17/2004 2:27:14 AM PST by spodefly (I've posted nothing but BTTT over 1000 times!!!)
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To: maikeru
Activist Country Joe McDonald wonders where the rage has gone.

Can you say "arthritis?"
32 posted on 11/17/2004 2:33:07 AM PST by ScuzzyTerminator
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To: maikeru

"...slightly stooped..."

Make that 'very stooped'. First time I've seen it spelled that way - maybe it's a typo. :^)


33 posted on 11/17/2004 3:43:03 AM PST by DJ Frisat (Hand me the duct tape before my head explodes...)
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To: maikeru

Joe, you old marxist, your two minutes of fame were up in the summer of 1969. That was thirty five years ago.

Your remaining thirteen minutes were rained out.

Not to worry though, you can still sing and be a star, for the folks at your socialist retirement home.


34 posted on 11/17/2004 3:53:03 AM PST by Inge_CAV
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To: Army Air Corps
I thought that Country Joe had died of an overdose by now...

David Crosby died of dehydration. One to many lesbians asked for a favor.

35 posted on 11/17/2004 4:45:56 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (KERRY IS A POODLE: #1 He's French, #2 He's A Rich Woman's Pet, #3 He Won't Protect You)
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