Berkeley resident Country Joe McDonald became famous for his appearance in the Woodstock Music Festival singing a song about the Vietnam War.
Robert N. Zagone is a veteran film and TV director; his works include Read You Like a Book, Go Ride the Music with the Jefferson Airplane, and Drugs in the Tenderloin.
Presented in conjunction with the Berkeley Historical Society’s exhibition Soundtrack to the 60s: The Berkeley Music Scene; for information, see berkeleyhistoricalsociety.org.
A young Martin Scorsese pitched in on the editing (beginning what would become a longtime collaboration with lead editor Thelma Schoonmaker) for this influential music documentary on the landmark Woodstock event. While its selection into the National Film Registry may have more to do with the way it captures a sixties counterculture at the height of its free-spirit, anything-goes mystique, it’s also a staggering document of genius musical performances by artists including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Country Joe and the Fish, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Sly and the Family Stone, among many others.
A Day in the Life of Country Joe and the Fish
Robert N. Zagone, United States, 1967
And what a day it was!