Thursday, 30 December 2010

An Interview with Peter, Paul and Mary

February 10, 1969

Lantern Staff Writer

Peter, Paul and Mary are three, yet one; they have individuality, yet unity. It shows in their music--as those who attended the group's Friday night concert at St. John Arena will attest--and it shows in their talk.

Paul described the group as "three individuals who get along precisely."

"Peter, Paul and Mary is our life," he said, "or at least seven eights of it. Everything else is peripheral.

"Even when Peter was working on the film 'You Are What You Eat' he was Peter, Paul and Mary first."

Mary explained that the group's unity results, in part, from "the common ethical base we share and express in our music."

"We all may not agree on an issue initially, but we talk it out among ourselves," she said.

The ethical base for their music is what has held the group together for the nine years they have been performing, she said.

"It is impossible to say whether we are musicians or social commentators first," she went on. "It is very tied up together with us."

The ethical base also "keeps our music from going stale," she said. "Take a song like 'Blowin' in the Wind,' which is sort of our national anthem. A song like that means so much you don't get tired of it. It means something different with different concerts."

She explained, "When we sang it in the march on Washington the second verse, concerned with civil rights, was the most important. When we performed at a Hiroshima hospital, however, the last anti-war verse held all the meaning."

Mary said that the group's feelings are not expressed in just protest songs or Bob Dylan tunes. "Part of what we believe is expressed in simple, straightforward songs that say something very true about life."

When deciding what to sing from their large repertoire at a given concert, the group does not try to "psych out" the audience, Mary said. "It's not our duty to do that, and besides that's a dangerous game to play."

"You have to sing what you think is right, what you want to sing," she said.

The group once walked off a show where the sponsor tried to tell them what to sing. "A musician must be true to himself and not let some businessman dictate what can be sung," she said.

"Students in state universities have much the same problem," she said. "You have businessmen trying to tell educators and students how to educate, how to run educational institutions."

Mary said she could understand student unrest, but added that she felt the radical left was "really messing itself up."

"The system in our nation is not the best, but it can be changed. Anarchy won't change it, however," she said. "Anarchy will only lead to further repression.

"People who want social change can have it if they are willing to work for it. We've worked hard these nine years for that--and we are going to keep right on doing so."

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Phil Ochs' "All the News That's Fit to Sing" to be Reissued on Vinyl in 2011

Scheduled for release on January 11, 2011 is a vinyl reissue of Phil Ochs' debut LP All the News That's Fit to Sing. This follows the reissue of I Ain't Marching Anymore which occurred in 2010.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Phil Ochs in the News

Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune - Film Review
Time Out New York
One of the ’60s best folk troubadours gets his due.

Q&A with Ann Powers on 'Best Music Writing 2010'
Seattle Times
Andrew Matson: In the article "Phil Ochs' Greatest Hits" (self-published in the zine Get Well), writer Chris Estey goes track by track through Americana ...

Phil Ochs film opens January 5th
Flocked Media
PHIL OCHS: There But For Fortune,” the new film about the iconic folk music hero of the 1960s, has U.S. Theatrical Premiere...

Monday, 27 December 2010

Phil Ochs in the News: Tracing the Arc of a Tragic Folk Singer

Tracing the Arc of a Tragic Folk Singer
New York Times
IF Kenneth Bowser, a New York documentary filmmaker, succeeds in his crusade to rehabilitate the 1960s protest singer Phil Ochs, he'll have his ...

Saturday, 25 December 2010

"God save us all, Phil Ochs"

Autograph obtained in Montreal at the Salle Claude Champagne on October 22, 1966.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

The Woody Guthrie Wake

October 10, 1967

". . . I shall not murder the mankind of her going with a grave truth . . ." -- Dylan Thomas. "A Refusal To Mourn the Death, By Fire, of a Child in London"


According to Webster, a wake is "a watch kept at night, or a vigil, as for some ritual purpose; especially, an all-night vigil over a corpse before burial . . ." Among my Celtic forebearers, the wake was such, with the hag-women keening the caoine, the lament for the dead, while the other women would do their private weeping in some back room of the house which allowed the men of the clan to dance to the fiddle and the bagpipe about the coryse with drink, food, and tobacco.

But Woody Guthrie was a folk-singer, a balladeer, and a writer of songs and an American, though his fathers' fathers wore the kilt and knew well the taste of the claymore.

His clan in Columbus gathered in a corner of Tuttle Field on Saturday's grey grim afternoon on the green grass amongst the smells of rain to come and the autumn forest of the park. Of the few that came, some were bearded and some were not; some wore the psychedelic uniform and some did not. They came in cars, on bicycles, on foot, and one on a motorcycle. With the prodding of two guitars and an African drum, a few sang those songs of his that they knew. They did not know all the words to some of the songs that sang of life sometimes bitterly, sometimes sadly, and sometimes joyously.

It was not a sad time, for their clan is not much on sadness, which is a very human trait. They smoked and laughed and ate apples while they sang. It was a gentle thing, not boisterous, not bawdy, but comfortable feeling. They talked of other things like the march on Washington, the possibilities of establishing a Digger community in Columbus, and private things, each to each.

As they had gathered, they departed, like leaves blown across the field by the fall wind in some natural, instinctual pattern. As do all clans, they exorcised the dreaded spirit of their dead with their own gentle, loving rites to pick up the string of life again with only a burr of a knot in its length.

It was the way that Woody, if it was possible for him to have any say in the matter, would have liked it to be.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune Documentary Film - 2011 Screenings

New York, NY IFC Center Opens January 5, 2011
Portland, OR Northwest Film Center January 9, 2011
Hudson, NY Time & Space LTD January 14 - 16, 22-23, 2011
Dallas, TX Texas Theatre January 28 - February 3, 2011
Hudson, NY Time & Space LTD February 4 - 6 & 10, 2011
Lake Worth, FL Lake Worth Playhouse February 4 - 10, 2011
Brooklyn, NY indieScreen February 4 - 10, 2011
Wellfleet, MA Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater February 4 & 20, 2011
Detroit, MI Detroit Film Theatre February 5, 2011
Albuquerque, NM Guild Cinema February 8 - 10, 2011
Wilmington, DE Theatre N February 11 - 13, 2011
Lacrosse, WI Rivoli Theatre February 11 - 17, 2011
Jackson, MS Mississippi Film Institute February 18 - 19, 2011
Columbus, OH Gateway Film Center February 18 - 24, 2011
Toronto, ON Bloor Cinema February 18 - 24, 2011
Coral Gables, FL Coral Gables Art Cinema February 18 - 24, 2011
Austin, TX Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar February 21 & March 2, 2011
Chicago, IL Gene Siskel Film Center February 25 - March 3, 2011
Edmonton, AB Metro Cinema Society February 26 & 28, 2011
Tucson, AZ Loft Cinema March 2, 2011
Portland, ME The Movies at the Museum March 4 - 6, 2011
Santa Monica, CA Laemmle Monica 4 March 4 - 10, 2011
Denver, CO Denver FilmCenter/Colfax March 4 - 10, 2011
Pittsburgh, PA Harris Theater March 4 - 10, 2011
Pasadena, CA Laemmle Playhouse March 4 - 10, 2011
Encino, CA Laemmle Town Center March 4 - 10, 2011
Claremont, CA Laemmle Claremont March 5 - 6, 2011
Deal Park, NJ Axelrod Performing Arts Center March 7, 2011
Asbury Park, NJ The Showroom March 9 - 13, 2011
Bloomington, IN Ryder Film Series March 10 - 13 & 19 - 20, 2011
Detroit, MI Detroit Film Theatre March 11, 2011
Telluride, CO Palm Theatre March 11, 2011
Seattle, WA Northwest Film Forum March 11 - 13, 2011
Washington DC West End Cinema March 11 - 17, 2011
Santa Fe, NM The Screen March 11 - 17, 2011
Lake Worth, FL Lake Worth Playhouse March 11 - 17, 2011
Brookline, MA Coolidge Corner Theatre March 11 - 31, 2011
Spokane, WA Bing Crosby Theater March 13, 2011
Nashville, TN Belcourt Theatre March 15 - 17, 2011
Toronto, ON Bloor Cinema March 18 - 20 & 22 - 23, 2011
Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theater March 18 & 21, 2011
San Francisco, CA Balboa Theater March 18 - 24, 2011
Berkeley, CA Rialto Elmwood March 18 - 24, 2011
San Rafael, CA Smith Rafael Film Center March 18 - 24, 2011
Santa Cruz, CA Nickelodeon Theatre March 18 - 24, 2011
Hartford, CT Real Art Ways March 18 - 24, 2011
Amherst, MA Amherst Cinema March 18 - 24, 2011
San Jose, CA Camera 3 March 18 - 24, 2011
Montpelier, VT Green Mountain Film Festival March 18 - 27, 2011
Albuquerque, NM Guild Cinema March 21 - 24, 2011
Grand Rapids, MI Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts March 25, 2011
Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee Film Society March 25 - 27, 2011
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Cinema Paradiso March 25 - 27 & 29, 2011
Lincoln, NE Ross Media Arts Center March 25 - 31, 2011
Waterville, ME Railroad Square Cinema March 25 - 31, 2011
Overland Park, KS Glenwood Arts Theatre March 25 - 31, 2011
Narrowsburg, NY Tusten Theatre March 26, 2011
Long Beach, CA Found Theatre March 26-27, 2011
Santa Rosa, CA 6th Street Playhouse March 29, 2011
Milwaukee, WI Times Cinema April 1 - 7, 2011
San Diego, CA Gaslamp Cinema April 1 - 7, 2011
Provincetown, MA Whaler's Wharf Cinema April 1 - 7, 2011
San Luis Obispo, CA Palm Theatre April 1 - 7, 2011
Fort Collins, CO Lyric Theatre April 1 - 7, 2011
St. Johnsbury, VT Green Mountain Film Festival April 2 - 3, 2011
Huntington, NY Cinema Arts Centre April 6 & 7, 2011
Durham, NC Carolina Theatre April 8 - 13, 2011
Yellow Springs, OH Little Art Theatre April 8 - 14, 2011
Washington, DC Avalon Theatre April 8 - 14, 2011
Norfolk, VA Naro Cinema April 10, 2011
Anchorage, AK Bear Tooth Theatre April 11, 2011
Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis Film Festival April 14 - May 5, 2011
Cleveland, OH Cleveland Museum of Art April 15 & 17, 2011
Sacramento, CA Crest Theatre April 15 - 21, 2011
New Orleans, LA Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center April 16, 2011
Nevada City, CA Nevada Theatre April 17, 2011
Middleburgh, NY Middleburgh Library April 20, 2011
Bellingham, WA Pickford Film Center April 20 & 23 - 24, 2011
St. Pete’s, FL Beach Theatre April 29, 2011
Portland, OR Northwest Film Center April 29 - 30 & May 1, 2011
Rhinebeck, NY Upstate Films April 30 & May 1 - 2, 2011
Savannah, GA Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah May 1, 2011
Seaside, CA Cal State University - Montery Bay May 2, 2011
Eugene, OR Bijou Theatre May 2 - 8, 2011
Wolfville, NS Fundy Film Society May 4, 2011
Bryn Mawr, PA Bryn Mawr Film Institute May 4, 2011
Rochester, NY Little Theatre May 4, 2011
Courtenay, BC World Community Film Festival May 5, 2011
Pelham, NY The Picture House May 6 - 8, 2011
Madison, WI Sundance Cinemas May 6 - 12, 2011
Vancouver, BC DOXA Documentary Film Festival May 13 & 15, 2011
Portland, OR Hollywood Theatre May 13 - 19, 2011
Bryn Mawr, PA Bryn Mawr Film Institute May 14, 2011
Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg Film Group May 20 - 22 & 25, 2011
Schenectady, NY Proctors Theatre May 22, 2011
Chicago, IL Gene Siskel Film Center May 27 - June 2, 2011
Bar Harbor, ME Criterion Theatre May 31 - June 5, 2011
Boulder, CO Boedecker Theater June 1 - 4, 2011
Phoeniz, AZ FilmBar June 2 - 14, 2011
Jackson, WY Jackson Hole Center for the Arts June 3, 2011
Tulsa, OK Circle Cinema June 3 - 9, 2011
Saratoga, NY Saratoga Film Forum June 9, 2011
Ottawa, ON Ottawa Folk Festival June 14, 2011
Ithaca, NY Cornell Cinema June 19 - 21, 2011
San Francisco, CA Red Vic Movie House June 26 - 28, 2011
Houston, TX Museum of Fine Arts June 30 - July 4, 2011
Pleasantville, NY Jacob Burns Film Center July 5, 2011
Cleveland, OH Cleveland Museum of Art July 13, 2011
Memphis, TN Memphis Brooks Museum of Art July 17, 2011
Vancouver, BC Pacific Cinematheque July 29 - August 3, 2011
Indian Lake, NY Indian Lake Theater October 14 -15, 2011

Filmmaker Ken Bowser directed the documentary Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune, which premiered at the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival in Woodstock, New York. The film features interviews with Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, Tom Hayden, Christopher Hitchens, Sean Penn, Ed Sanders, Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, and more.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Limelight 1966

By Suze Rotolo

I last saw Phil toward the end of 1966, when I ran into him at the Limelight one night before I left New York for Italy again. He was drinking a lot by then and he was bloated and disheveled, volatile and dark.

Phil began telling me a long, convoluted tale that made no sense. He laughed and cried and his manner frightened me. I tried to act as if nothing was wrong with his behavior or appearance. I gave him my address in Italy and half begged him to get away, take a long break, and come visit me. Phil Ochs had a good career and people who loved him but the demons he struggled with eventually engulfed and over-powered him. He committed suicide in 1976 at the age of thirty-six [sic - 35].

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune Documentary Film Reviews and Apple Trailer

'Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune,' a great documentary about an underappreciated folk singer
Entertainment Weekly
by Simon Vozick-Levinson
The story told by the new documentary Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is a very sad one, no question about it...

New Film About The Iconic Folk Singer Phil Ochs
World Music Central
Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune is a new film by acclaimed filmmaker Kenneth Bowser (Easy Riders, Raging Bulls & Live From New ...

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (iTunes Movie Trailers)

Thursday, 9 December 2010

MOBE Organizing Mock Inauguration

January 15, 1969

Lantern Staff Writer

Between 100 and 150 Ohio State students and Columbus residents are expected to travel to Washington D.C. this weekend for a counter inauguration, according to George Vargo, Education-4 and a National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (MOBE) volunteer. MOBE is sponsoring the counter-inauguration to protest the inauguration of President-elect Richard Nixon.

Buses will be provided for transportation, Vargo said. The buses will leave the University area on 10 p.m. Friday and will depart from Washington at 10 p.m. Sunday. Round trip tickets will cost $16.

Those interested in buses or more information should call The Ohio Peace Action Council at 299-3223, Vargo said.

Ohio Headquarters

Ohioians may stay at the Ohio Movement Center at Brightwood Park Methodist Church, 8 Jefferson, NW, where they will be able to eat and sleep. Most people are bringing sleeping bags and blankets, Vargo said. Food will be distributed at the church.

Workshops on militarism, imperialism, racism and women's liberation are scheduled for Saturday at Federal City College, Vargo said.

'Political Confrontation'

A counter-inaugural parade which will seek "a political, not a physical confrontation" with the Administration is planned for Sunday.

Demonstrations will include a counter-inauguration and a counter-state-of-the-union message and will precede a counter-inaugural ball.

The counter-inaugural ball will be held in a tent behind the White House and will feature Janis Joplin, Judy Collins, Phil Ochs and the Fugs.

On Monday an "organized presence" of the MOBE movement will be formed along the inaugural parade route, Vargo said. A guerrilla theatre will perform skits during the time the parade is marching.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

McCarthy Shifts Sights From Kids to Delegates

August 8, 1968

Lantern Staff Writer

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tom Lindeman flew to Wisconsin in April to cover the state Democratic Primary. Today he compares his impressions with the Columbus McCarthy appearance.

While tired Hubert Humphrey fished for pike at Lake Waverly, Minn., Gene McCarthy cast his line in Columbus.

Despite his come-from-behind approach, which requires politicking every minute, McCarthy still looked refrigerated in his cool summer suit, sky blue shirt, stripped tie and sun tan.

The Minnesota Senator is surely weary by now, but his pace seems to have increased since the early days of stumping in New Hampshire and Wisconsin.

His campaigning in early April was dubbed the "Children's Crusade," a phrase his professional advisers have dropped lately. Several things have changed with Senator McCarthy.

Earlier it was strictly "Be clean for Gene" when representing the ex-professor. The most frequent complaint by youthful campaigners in Wisconsin was voiced against a poster in the headquarters declaring "Haircuts Recommended."

Wednesday, as the crowd waited in front of the State House, it was entertained by a hippy-type band, unshorn, in mod sun glasses and dress.

Before the candidate arrived on the steps of Ohio's highest political chambers, folk singer Phil Ochs, a former Ohio State student, drew applause from the early young crowd when he labeled most political office-holders "dishonest, except (New Orleans District Attorney) Jim Garrison."

The applause was longer and louder when he sang an antiwar song called "We Ain't Marchin." The words vibrated between two World War I Doughboy statues flanking the speaker's platform. The inscription on one of the statues reads "The republic is secure so long as we continue to honor the memory of its defenders."

The performers and performance seemed out of place in a campaign even as off beat as McCarthy's. Perhaps Columbus Advance Man Tony Podesta missed a cue. At any rate, when the Senator arrived he steered clear of the entertainers.

McCarthy, himself, still has his quiet demeanor. He was extra serious, interjecting little of his popular humor. Fighting the GOP for headlines this week is hardly fun.

The candidate, once a continuous speaker, punctuated his speech Wednesday with silence. The lunch hour crowd politely applauded each pause.

In the beginning, Senator McCarthy was laughed off as the Democrat's answer to Harold Stassen. Although the Senator proved his critics wrong in New Hampshire, he is still considered a maverick by the Democratic hierarchy.

And so the entire candidacy of Senator Eugene J. McCarthy these final days must shift to fishing for people like those in the Neil House, conventional people, delegates.

Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune Documentary Film Trailer