Country Joe McDonald

American musician and anti-war activist

Joseph Allen "Country Joe" McDonald (born January 1, 1942)[1] is an American musician, singer and political activist. He was the lead singer of the 1960s psychedelic rock group Country Joe and the Fish.[2] He is known for his role during the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley, California and for his songs during the Counterculture of the 1960s.

Country Joe McDonald
McDonald in 2016
McDonald in 2016
Background information
Birth nameJoseph Allen McDonald
Also known asCountry Joe
Born (1942-01-01) January 1, 1942 (age 80)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
GenresAlternative country, country, bluegrass, country rock, folk, psychedelic rock, acid rock
Occupation(s)Musician, political activist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1959–present
LabelsVanguard Records, One Way Records, Fantasy Records, Rykodisc, Shanachie Records, Rag Baby Records


  1. Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1558. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. Richard Brenneman, "Country Joe McDonald Revives Anti-War Anthem" Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Berkeley Daily Planet, April 16, 2004, accessed July 18, 2007.