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  About Phil Ochs
Phil Ochs was born in El Paso, Texas on Dec. 19.
Phil continued to perform and to travel around the world.
Death of a Rebel by Marc Elliot was written in 1977, and There But For Fortune - The Life of Phil Ochs by Michael Schumacher was published in 1996.
www.sonnyochs.com /philbio.html   (424 words)

 Phil Ochs remembered
Phil had heard the story of Kitty Genovese, the New York woman who had screamed and pleaded for life while her neighbors watched in the shadows as she was brutally raped and murdered.
Phil's performance--throughout which he was battling terror and nausea--included the aforementioned "The Power and the Glory," as well as "The Ballad of Medgar Evers" and "Talking Birmingham Jam." An album of the festival was released the following year and featured two of Phil's songs.
As Phil Ochs put it, the Yippies "wanted to be able to set out fantasies in the street to communicate their feelings to the public." A number of memorable slogans were coined, mainly as a way of publicizing the upcoming event.
www.furious.com /perfect/philochs.html   (4290 words)

  Phil Ochs | Featured Videos, Photos and Articles | MTV
Ochs moved from Ohio to New York in the early '60s, and was soon a prolific writer of the topical, left-leaning protest songs then in vogue.
Ochs' social criticism was deepening in acuity, as heard on "Canons of Christianity," "Cops of the World," and the satirical "Love Me, I'm a Liberal." But he also began to move into non-political subjects with equal or greater effect, as on "There But for Fortune" and "Changes," his most famous love song.
Ochs did record a couple of flop singles in the early '70s, but by the middle of the decade he was largely inactive, and afflicted with serious depression.
www.mtv.com /music/artist/ochs_phil/artist.jhtml   (670 words)

  CMT.com : Phil Ochs : Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Ochs moved from Ohio to New York in the early '60s, and was soon a prolific writer of the topical, left-leaning protest songs then in vogue.
Ochs' social criticism was deepening in acuity, as heard on "Canons of Christianity," "Cops of the World," and the satirical "Love Me, I'm a Liberal." But he also began to move into non-political subjects with equal or greater effect, as on "There But for Fortune" and "Changes," his most famous love song.
Ochs did record a couple of flop singles in the early '70s, but by the middle of the decade he was largely inactive, and afflicted with serious depression.
www.cmt.com /artists/az/ochs_phil/bio.jhtml   (639 words)

 Pixie's Phil Ochs Memorial Page
Phil Ochs had what I believe to be the prettiest voice and most passionate political stance of all the folk singers in the era of the 1960's.
Phil took his own life by hanging in 1976, but the abyss into which he was spiralling in his personal as well as professional life was reflected in his music for years previous to his death.
Phil Ochs: A Story and a Song: A page of memories and songs by a songwriter who saw Ochs perform and was transformed, like so many of us, by his music.
members.tripod.com /~kcpixie/philochs10.html   (2052 words)

 Phil Ochs
I grew up listening to Phil Ochs, and for years he was my only reminder that there were other leftists in the world outside of my immediate family.
Ochs' greatest strengths were his wry, heartfelt lyrics and uncluttered melodies; his tenor was unassuming, and his guitar playing was never more than rudimentary.
By far Ochs' high point, this was either recorded in Boston and New York, or in a studio with crowd noise overdubbed, depending on which liner notes you believe.
www.warr.org /ochs.html   (826 words)

 Schumacher interview/Phil Ochs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Phil became disillusioned with college after he was told his political beliefs made him too radical to be editor of the student newspaper.
Phil, Dylan and a handful of others became known for protest material, not to mention people who weren't as political like John Sabastian who was a close friend and went on to play with the Lovin' Spoonful.
Phil and Abbie and Jerry Rubin and a number of other people who were active in protesting the war in Vietnam, when the '60s came to an end didn't know what to do.
www.goodfelloweb.com /werbe/oats.htm   (2293 words)

Although his vocal range was limited and his guitar playing rudimentary, Phil Ochs sang and wrote with such a passionate sense of conviction and integrity that he became one of the leading voices of the folk/protest boom of the early 1960s.
Phil Ochs's parents had never shown any particular interest in politics, and at the time he entered Ohio State University, Ochs's primary enthusiasms were movies, country music, and rock and roll.
Ochs once said, "A protest song is a song that's so specific that you cannot mistake it for bullshit." Accordingly, he loaded his songs with history, ideas, questions, and news, while making it bluntly obvious which side he was on.
www.zmag.org /ZMag/articles/nov97carter.htm   (2057 words)

 Phil Ochs Criticism
Ochs was known as the troubadour of the New Left.
Phil Ochs is one of those songwriter-performers who continues to hit where it hurts; who keeps trying for a clean knockout.
Ochs' style is not poetic, it is, rather, straightforward and natural, well adapted to the understatement of the talking blues.
www.bookrags.com /criticisms/Phil_Ochs   (560 words)

Phil Ochs' future political activism can be seen in this short story where the mighty unjust is defeated by the weaker but more honorable soul.
Phil graduated Staunton in the spring of 1958 and returned to Columbus with plans to attend Ohio State University.
With the exception of a reference by a Staunton classmate that Phil might have dated a coed at the nearby Mary Baldwin College there is no mention of Phil dating until his senior year at college where he apparently briefly dated a "toothy blond beauty from Indiana".
www.cosmicbaseball.com /ochs8.html   (2816 words)

 Music: Letters at 3AM (Austin Chronicle . 08-18-97)
Phil Ochs recorded for only 11 years (1964-1975), but those years were brutally intense: a sinful war, murderous race riots, soul-numbing assassinations, filthy political struggles, a president resigning in disgrace, and heroic but often childish efforts at liberation rife with tremendous victories (in civil rights) and humiliating defeats (the anti-war movement).
Ochs' songs were not only part of those changes -- in his clear, young, innocent voice, you can hear the kind of energy that instigated such change.
The paradox of Phil Ochs was that his death was probably some of both.
www.weeklywire.com /ww/08-18-97/austin_cols_ventura.html   (1490 words)

 Phil Ochs: The Best of Phil Ochs: 20th Century Masters: Pitchfork Record Review
Ochs churned out political lyrics, taking ideas from the news and from first-hand experience with the turmoil of the 1960s: a coal miners' strike in Kentucky, the fight for civil rights in Mississippi, and anti-war rallies, some of which he helped organize.
Ochs' voice is limited-- with his narrow range and slight twang, he was no Tony Bennett-- but it's stark against the baroque arrangements, and the sincerity makes songs like "Flower Lady" honestly beautiful.
Ochs wrote "The War Is Over" for a rally that he helped organize; its marching band backdrop is interesting, but the song isn't as strong without its context.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /article/record_review/20529/Phil_Ochs_The_Best_of_Phil_Ochs_20th_Century_Masters   (976 words)

 Marty Gallanter - Phil Ochs Essay
The death of Phil Ochs was not news because, in part, Phil himself had not been newsworthy for several years.
Phil played the early opening set at one of those pass-the-hat coffee houses where a high-school buddy and I, new to the folk scene, constituted the entire audience.
In one of those twists of living, Phil couldn't go with me. His first (and only) child was about to be born and he said his wife would kill him if he was away when that happened.
www.themadhatter.net /mg3ochs.htm   (1190 words)

 Phil Ochs
Phil Ochs was a singer/songwriter during the 1960's (variously categorized as ``topical'', ``protest'' and ``folk'').
There are a few other Phil Ochs web pages: Dave Cohen (one of charter members of the mailing list and the author of the Phil Ochs Bio-Bibliography) has some Ochs stuff on his web pages, Tom Moore's Ochs site (in German), and Don Bartlett's Ochs Page
Phil's brother runs the Michael Ochs Archives the world's largest archive of music-related photos.
www.cs.pdx.edu /~trent/ochs   (391 words)

 Phil Ochs at AllExperts
Ochs was a member of the IWW and considered himself to be a democratic socialist.
Ochs was profoundly concerned with the escalation of the Vietnam War.
Ochs is also mentioned in the Dar Williams song "All My Heroes Are Dead," the Will Oldham song "Gezundheit," and the They Might Be Giants song "The Day." The Josh Joplin Group recorded an eponymous tribute to Ochs on their album Useful Music.
en.allexperts.com /e/p/ph/phil_ochs.htm   (1539 words)

 Being There
Phil Ochs, often called a singing journalist, was born in Texas on December 19, 1940.
Ochs sang, “Look outside the window/There’s a woman being grabbed/They’ve dragged her to the bushes/And now she’s being stabbed/Maybe we should call the cops/and try to stop the pain/But Monopoly is so much fun/I’d hate the blow the game”[1] Apathy seems to be an ever growing problem in American culture, with a consistently
Phil Ochs was heard by thousands, singing about horrors in the world, giving hope while he saw none.
www.beingtheremag.com /content/0409/ochs.html   (862 words)

 Green Left - What Phil Ochs heard
Among the fiercest of the new radicals, though never in the same limelight, was Phil Ochs, composing some of the sharpest broadsides and placing himself at the front of some of the decade's most momentous events.
Ochs' songs were notable for having more than platitudes -- they touched people with poetry and, best of all, they had good tunes.
Phil Ochs' heart brimmed with compassion for the oppressed, but ultimately he could not extend it to himself.
www.greenleft.org.au /1998/326/20723   (1504 words)

 Amazon.ca: Reviews for Tape from California: Music: Phil Ochs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Phil Ochs lived in the shadow of his mentor Bob Dylan.
While others spoke to the "movement" of the 60s and 70s from the edges, Phil spoke to its heart, and especially the political left, those who were not into drugs but into politics instead.
Phil sees the American (Roman) Empire as corrupted force that has become the very evil it had intended to replace.
www.amazon.ca /Tape-California-Phil-Ochs/dp/customer-reviews/B0000507XA   (778 words)

 Amazon.com: Phil Ochs in Concert: Music: Phil Ochs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
I saw Phil in concert just a few months before this album was issued back in the days, and he did at least eight of these 11 songs while standing about 20 feet from my seat.
Ochs himself had found the grace, mercy or courage to conquer his demons and stick around this life.
Ochs covers all of those topics in a manner that balances cynicism and commitment to change.
www.amazon.com /Phil-Ochs-Concert/dp/B00000346Z   (1170 words)

 People's Weekly World - Phil who? Ochs legacy continues today
For those not fortunate enough to recall, Phil Ochs was one of our nation’s most profound folk singers in the period that bridged the Civil Rights, antiwar and feminist movements.
Ochs’ songs unashamedly pointed out our faults and tried to demonstrate the means to repair them.
Phil Ochs dared to speak back to the criminal Nixon administration through his music, uncovering and exposing with anger and wry humor.
www.pww.org /article/articleview/4543/1/193   (555 words)

 Remembering Phil Ochs
Six years after Phil's death, Ned Traynor who was then active with the musicians' cooperative which was producing concerts at the Speakeasy on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, suggested that they do a Phil Ochs Song Night.
The philosophy behind Song Night was to keep Phil's music alive, to give all the monies collected to organizations in the folk field who were struggling financially, and to showcase performers.
A side benefit of the creation of the Song Night was that several performers liked the songs that I asked them to sing so much that they included them in their repertoires and sang them all around the country.
www.sonnyochs.com /remembering.html   (1766 words)

 Folk Music 101 - Major American Artists - Phil Ochs - Folk Music
Phil Ochs is sometimes seen as a competitor of early Dylan in the realm of political songs, but their methods and visions were very different.
Ochs' tool was wit and his favorite medium was political satire and topical subjects; Dylan, more of a poet, worked with symbol, allusion and parable, creating songs that are more in the prophetic vein.
Though Ochs played a rudimentary guitar and his plain voice had none of Dylan's authority, he had a warmth, charisma and raw intelligence that come through even now, making new fans.
www.balladtree.com /folk101/bio_philochs.htm   (377 words)

 Ochs - Carnegie Hall
Phil performs in a Gold Elvis suit, which is not appreciated by the audience.
So Ochs would wear the king's clothing, play the King's songs, mix them with his own message-oriented songs, as well as other rock and country hits, to find a new common ground for America.
You have to imagine that Phil Ochs — the great would-be Elvis uniter — is laughing now.
mywebpages.comcast.net /cw-trades/ochs_carnegie_27mar70.htm   (1325 words)

 Phil Ochs
Ochs, Phil - Tribute to the protest and folk singer.
Remembering Phil Ochs - Includes a history of the Phil Ochs song nights, and biographies of the performers.
Phil Ochs Remembered - An article taking a look at the career of this musician, by Phil Mershon.
www.hotguitarist.com /bands/O/ochs_phil.htm   (148 words)

 ♫ Ochs Phil Tabs, Ochs Phil Chords, Lyrics
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 The Broadside Tapes 1 - Phil Ochs - Song Listings
Phil Ochs left behind dozens of demos, primarily songs that he put down on tape at the West 104th Street Manhattan offices of Broadside magazine.
Thus, there are choruses left out, and there's a lot of noise on some of them (these were done in what was essentially a newspaper office), all in the name of getting the words down, as Ochs strums his guitar and runs through the songs in a semi-formal fashion.
The strangest moment here is Ochs' cover, in a duet with Eric Andersen, of the Beatles' song "I Should've Known Better," recorded in 1964 at New York's Village Gate.
www.mp3.com /albums/74398/summary.html   (632 words)

 YouTube - Phil Ochs - I aint marching anymore   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
It's too bad Phil isn't around to decry this stupid war in Iraq that our country is involved in.
And those who remember should find a young person and make sure he or she gets to know who he was and what he stood for.
I'd forgotten about Phil until my bro recently sent me "small circle of Friends"....I then sought out this short but fitting song of subtle rage and resignation.
www.youtube.com /watch?v=L5pgrKSwFJE   (246 words)

 Testimony of Phillip Ochs in the Chaicago Seven Trial
Ochs, I call your attention to sometime in the vicinity of 6:00 p.m.
He said, "Here's Phil Ochs," and as I walked forward, Abbie Hoffman raced in front of me and took the microphone and proceeded to give a speech.
Ochs, you say that on Sunday night you were with Mr.
www.law.umkc.edu /faculty/projects/ftrials/Chicago7/ochs.html   (2505 words)

 Phil Ochs Summary
A contemporary of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, Phil Ochs achieved modest success as a singer/songwriter during the mid-1960s.
Ochs was a member of the IWW and well known as a devout socialist, and has been described as "a warr...
Phil Ochs: Phil Ochs in concert, May 25, 1973 in Ann Arbor, Michigan
www.bookrags.com /Phil_Ochs   (390 words)

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