Most thrilling of all, a tidal wave of extraordinary new sounds washed in from the West Coast of America - The Doors (with their eponymous debut and Strange Days), Love (Da Capo, Forever Changes), Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow, After Bathing At Baxters), Country Joe & The Fish (Electric Music For The Mind & Body, I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die
Needless to say this routine was followed by Fixin' To Die
Rag and a brief encore of Woody Guthrie's This Land Is Your Land.
Some musicologists will tell you that the `I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die
Rag' by Country Joe & the Fish is one of the most important songs to emerge from the 1960s.
But now he knows his self that the evil is fixin' to die
, and he's happy because he knows he's going to go to heaven."
Well, yes, at least according to Lee Atwater: Fixin' to Die, Robert Myers's sharp-witted one-person play based on the life of the RNC bigwig who died of a brain tumor in 1990 at the age of 40.
Even portrayed with warts and all, the Lee Atwater of Fixin' to Die is a complex, sympathetic and-dare we say it?-likable character.
It was, of course, de rigueur to have the breezeblock-thick paperback edition of Lord Of The Rings jammed into the pocket of your Afghan coat, and equally crucial to tuck a couple of iconic LP sleeves - The Incredible String Band's 5000 Spirits / Layers Of The Onion, perhaps, or Country Joe & The Fish's I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die
- under your arm whenever you popped down to your local for a pint of snakebite.
Musical numbers: "Woodstock," "Summer in the City," "Goin' up the Country," "Mercedes Benz," "The Times They Are a Changin'," "Black Magic Woman," "Somebody to Love," "Teach Your Children Well," "Fixin' to Die
Rag," "Find the Cost of Freedom," "For What It's Worth," "White Rabbit," "With a Little Help From My Friends," "The Weight," "Piece of My Heart," "Let's Get Together," "Star Spangled Banner," "Turn, Turn, Turn (To Everything There Is a Season)."
Bukka White's Funny In My Mind (I Believe I'm Fixin' To Die
) is little more than a by-the-numbers semiplugged shuffle and Dylan's One More Cup Of Coffee is decaffeinated.