Sunday, 29 May 2011

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Phil Ochs in the News

The Political Bob Dylan
Huffington Post
At a time when the chill of McCarthyism was still in the air, Dylan also showed that songs with leftist political messages could be commercially successful. Unwittingly, Dylan laid the groundwork for other folk musicians and performers of the era, some of whom -- like Phil Ochs, the subject of a wonderful new documentary -- were more committed to the two major movements that were challenging America's status quo, and helped them reach wider audiences.

Who he was and who he became
Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune paints an unflinching portrait of the political protest singer

In rotation: Woody Guthrie's 'Live Wire'
Los Angeles Times
On this recording, Guthrie’s approach is casual and conversational, revealing the so-called Dust Bowl balladeer to be both strong in voice and the consummate entertainer: smart and amiable, offering funny between-song banter and a long, autobiographical greeting to the audience. And that voice: You can hear in it not only the whole of the folk revival of the late ’50s through the ’60s — musicians such as Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Phil Ochs

Song of the Day: Phil Ochs – “Love Me, I’m A Liberal”
SSG Music
The 60s American folk revival had many prolific protest singers in its service, but none were more sharp witted than Phil Ochs.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Phil Ochs in the News

Intimate portrait of driven protest singer Phil Ochs
Winnipeg Free Press
Kenneth Bowser's documentary offers a corrective, intimate portrait of the singer, a man who fought the good fight against political demons -- Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, the CIA -- but was ultimately vanquished by his inner ones: Ochs killed himself at the age of 35.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Phil Ochs - How High's the Watergate

Recorded live on March 12, 1974 at Earl Of Old Town, Chicago, IL.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Phil Ochs in the News

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is a sad look at the folk star
If you're just getting acquainted with the music of Phil Ochs and you're not sure how important he is, you'll be struck by something Pete Seeger says in the documentary Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune. "Here I am with two of the greatest songwriters ...

Vinyl Cave: Mono vs. stereo with Phil Ochs, Super Super Blues Band, and The Rolling Stones
Isthmus Daily Page
One odd case along those lines I've unearthed is Phil Ochs' Tape from California, released after most companies discontinued mono but extant as both mono and stereo radio promos -- sort of. It turns out the "mono" version actually plays stereo if you ...

Review of new Phil Ochs Documentary
105.5 FM Triple M
77 Square's Rob Thomas talks about the new documentary on Phil Ochs.

Friday, 6 May 2011

New photo of Phil Ochs at Newport Folk Festival, 1966

See the Newport photo here. Dick Waterman's photography website also features this photo, apparently from Montreal, 1966.

Phil Ochs - Old Concepts Never Die

Recorded live on June 3, 1964 at the Gaslight Cafe, New York City.