Saturday, 8 January 2011

Phil Ochs in the News

There But for Fortune: Gift of Phil Ochs to the Future
by Paul Levinson
This documentary about the life and times of Phil Ochs merits repeated viewing.

Trailer Park: “Season Of The Witch,” “The Absent,” “Phil Ochs: There But Of Fortune”
by Olivia Allin
The Hitch: I’m actually very excited for this movie because Phil Ochs hasn’t gotten the kind of attention he deserves. He is a brilliant songwriter and one of my favorite musicians...

Paltrow’s Boozy Singer Tries Comeback; Cage’s Witch Hunt: Film
by Rick Warner
Now largely forgotten, the singer gets a postmortem boost from a clear-eyed documentary titled “Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune.” Written and directed by Kenneth Bowser, it restores Ochs’s rightful place in the social history of one of the most tumultuous decades in U.S. history.

'Season Of The Witch' Finds An Evil Mood With Usher, Bloc Party
by Kyle Anderson
If you prefer your music films a little more political, this week also marks the release of "Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune," a sharp documentary about the extremely popular and influential protest singer.

Phil Ochs, Folkie, Back Home in the Village
by Melissa Anderson
The Village Voice
Bowser’s film is densely researched enough to yield insights not just into its overlooked subject, but also into his overly analyzed era.

Reel Music Festival 2011: Phil Ochs: ‘There But For Fortune’ — Rise and fall of a political troubador – Sunday
by Tom D'Antoni
Oregon Music News
Appearing in the doc are Joan Baez, Tom Hayden, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow, Christopher Hitchens and Ed Sanders, but the key interview is with Ochs’ brother Michael. He is the thread, brutally honest in the most brotherly, thoughtful loving way.

‘Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune’ movie review and trailer
by Miriam Rinn
A star of the folk/protest song movement of the early sixties, the handsome Ochs was overshadowed by his friend and rival Bob Dylan, and overtaken by the rapid societal shift from the idealism of the Kennedy election to the disillusionment and cynicism of the Nixon regime just ten years later. He also was haunted by worsening mental illness, which drove him to suicide at the age of 35.

NY1 Movie Review: "Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune"
by Neil Rosen
NY1 News
This film, which shows Ochs' life -- flaws and all -- offers up a history lesson to those who are not that familiar with his musical work and societal contributions, and for Phil Ochs it provides some overdue recognition.

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