Bruce Barthol (Country Joe and the Fish and Formerly Fat Harry) performing at Kardomah, Hull, a benefit for the International Brigade.

It was with great sadness that I heard the news that Bruce was no longer with us. My condolences to all his friends and family. I’ll remember him from this fabulous night in Hull and all the Times I saw him with Country Joe and the Fish and Formerly Fat Harry. Shall miss you Bruce!

Opher's World

Country Joe and the Fish were one of my favourite bands back in those heady days of the sixties. They were the voice of protest against the obscene war in Vietnam. Their music was something new – a type of Acid Rock the like of which had not been heard. I loved it. The first two albums – Electric Music For the Mind and Body and I Fee Like I’m Fixing To Die were outstanding. I hadn’t heard a guitar sound quite like Barry Melton’s and Country Joe’s voice was so pure. The songs were a mixture of real trippy and driving political stuff.

I saw them perform a number of times back in the sixties, including the Royal Albert Hall. I also caught them five or six years ago in Leeds. They were still brilliant.

Bruce was the bass player who had jumped ship to live in England to…

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