12/17/1966 ...... California Hall ..... This poster was used to promote a benefit for LEMAR- the organization that promoted the legalization of marijuana ....Country Joe and the Fish ....The Only Alternative and His Other Possibilities ... artist ..... TOM WELLER
ne of the greatest dilemmas through Joe's career has been the inability to actively pursue a political direction. This shortcoming, if one were to call it, that is best described by a confrontation in New York in 1968. Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman were desperately trying to get Joe to convince the bulk of Country Joe and the Fish to participate in the Yippie Festival of Life during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Hoffman pleaded with Joe to "come and lead, to give direction to tell us what to do" at this event. Joe's response, characteristic of most of his public life was to answer that "he was the guy who sang the songs, pointed out the wrongs; not the guy who fixed them." In other words he has viewed himself as a "Greek chorus," a "moral conscience" for a generation that has had a lot of influence on its times but not many answers to burning questions.
He has continued to write and record, having issued 36 albums since his start as a solo artist in 1969. He tours regularly as a solo performer in the US and abroad. After some abortive attempts at reuniting the original Country Joe and the Fish, he formed the with original members David Bennett Cohen, Bruce Barthol, and Gary "Chicken" Hirsh; the Country Joe Band toured throughout 2004 and 2005. In 2007 he perfected his "Tribute to Woody Guthrie" show, a mix of music and spoken word, and has since taken it around the country to great acclaim.
Original concert poster for Country Joe and the Fish and Big Brother and The Holding Company at California Hall in 1967. Approx 13.75 x 19.75 inches.