Country Joe McDonald: Last Berkeley Show

Country Joe McDonald

In a plaid shirt and bolo tie, strumming an acoustic guitar with a peace sign on it, nobody could be less affected than Country Joe McDonald. He has clearly made serious study of Woody Guthrie but presents the material with casual ease. He lays it out carefully, a deliberate cross section of material, and ties it all together, in an almost surprise ending, with a reading from his own father's autobiography.

McDonald knows Guthrie. In a two-act, 90-minute presentation, he weaves together Guthrie's best-loved songs and some writings from Guthrie's autobiography, his novel, and his Daily Worker newspaper column. McDonald found some extraordinarily warm and witty correspondence between Guthrie and Berkeley folksinger Malvina Reynolds on the subject of chocolate chip cookies, Cookies Talk Louder Than Words. The piece from Guthrie's autobiography about him selling root beer during Prohibition almost sounds more like something out of Will Rogers or Mark Twain.

"Like no one of his generation, Country Joe McDonald carries on the mission of Woody Guthrie." -Billy Bragg

$20 ADV / $24 DOOR

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