The Political Bob Dylan
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”
The 60s American folk revival had many prolific protest singers in its service, but none were more sharp witted than Phil Ochs.