Tuesday, 21 April 2009

The Phil Ochs Video Vault: Conventions: The Land Around Us

The 1969 documentary Conventions: The Land Around Us was created for the University of Illinois at Chicago and features live footage and audio of Phil Ochs at Chicago Stadium on August 27, 1968 during the Democratic National Convention. Songs include: "I Ain't Marching Anymore," "Power and the Glory," and the LP version of "Where Were You in Chicago?"

“Conventions: The Land Around Us” is a documentary film essay on the topic of cultural and political change. It takes as its particular subject matter the confrontations that took place between anti-war demonstrators and the US political establishment in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. While bringing to life the emotional and ideological dynamics of that historical moment, it also places it in the dual context of interactional analysis and the history of American Utopian movements.

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