Country Joe & The Fish
MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL, June 1967
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Country Joe McDonald
Barry "The Fish" Melton
David Bennett Cohen
Gary "Chicken" Hirsh
COUNTRY JOE & ME author Ron Cabral writes about Country Joe & The Fish at Monterey:
The group went on to the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock. “In my mind, Woodstock was overcrowded, wet and a complete logistical disaster. The Woodstock movie, in large part, presents a sanitized version of reality," said Barry. In fact, most of the band cites the Monterey Pop Festival as the place to be.
Barry agrees, "I attended virtually the entire event. Jimi Hendrix and The Who were phenomenal, as were Big Brother and the Holding Company, Canned Heat, The Electric Flag, Otis Redding and Ravi Shankar. The irony is that the Woodstock movie will probably survive the test of time as perhaps the premier social document of the Sixties," he said.
The Monterey Pop movie was shot on a shoestring. But, that Festival contained the hope, promise and idealism of the era. Two years later, by the time of the Woodstock movie, much of what went wrong with the Sixties became obvious.
Country Joe & Me by Ron Cabral
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June 17, 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, Monterey, CA
COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH
Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine
The Bomb Song
The Fish Cheer & I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag