Monday, 27 June 2011

Phil Ochs - Doesn't Lenny Live Here Anymore (Live 1966)

Recorded live on October 22nd, 1966 at the Salle Claude Champagne, University of Montreal in Montreal, QC, Canada.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Phil Ochs in the News

John Wesley Harding: Considered as the Novelist Wesley Stace
Crawdaddy! The Magazine of Rock
“So I used to update Phil Ochs songs to be about whatever it was we didn't like at the time… the cuts at the hospitals, or support for the Miner's Strike. ...

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I've been writing topical songs for over 25 years, in, Billboard magazine once said, “the best Phil Ochs tradition.” I don't believe my lyrics ...

The Return Of The Fugs
It's like Phil Ochs - I still grieve for Phil from 1976. So I don't know, I'll probably grieve for Tuli for the rest of my time on Gaia. ...

Monday, 13 June 2011

Phil Ochs - Love Me, I'm a Liberal (Live 1971)

Recorded live on April 17, 1971 at Hunter College, New York City, NY.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Phil Ochs: Chords of Fame (1984 Documentary)

Chords of Fame is a 1984 feature-length documentary film about Phil Ochs, a U.S. singer-songwriter of the 1960s and early 1970s. The film was directed by Michael Korolenko, written by Mady Schutzman, and produced by Korolenko, Schutzman, and David Sternburg. It was funded in part by grants from the American Film Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chords of Fame features Bill Burnett as Ochs in re-enactments of scenes from his life. The film includes interviews with people who had known Ochs, including Yippies Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, manager Harold Leventhal, and Mike Porco, the owner of Gerde's Folk City. Chords of Fame also includes performances of Ochs songs by folk musicians who knew him, such as Bob Gibson, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, and Eric Andersen. The film concludes with footage of Ochs performing "I Ain't Marching Anymore" at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.

Reviewing the film in The New York Times, Janet Maslin wrote that by re-enacting scenes from Ochs's life, Korolenko took "an exasperating approach" in making Chords of Fame. She would have preferred photos and recordings of Ochs himself. "The singer's own voice is almost entirely absent from this biography," she wrote, "and this omission makes Chords of Fame seem, at the very best, incomplete."

Eleanor Mannikka, writing at Allmovie, agreed. "This biographical documentary would have benefitted [sic] from more of the singer's own performances, allowing viewers to better judge his talent."

As of 2011, Chords of Fame has not been released on DVD.


Friday, 3 June 2011

Phil Ochs in the News

The Political Bob Dylan
Broadside magazine asked Phil Ochs, another “protest” singer-songwriter, if he thought that Dylan would like to see his protest songs “buried. ...

Phil Ochs - protest singer for his time and ours
The Reaction
A few weeks ago a friend gave me a copy of a relatively new documentary about the life and times of singer-songwriter Phil Ochs. Ochs wasn't all that famous ...

From The 'Vinyl Deeps,' Ellen Willis Wrote About Rock
Phil Ochs had predicted that Dylan might someday be assassinated by a fan. Pete Seeger believed Dylan could become the country's greatest troubadour, ...

Reliving the glory days of folk music
As the sixties unfolded, Phil Ochs brought a political sensibility to the proceedings, while more introspective writers like Fred Neil and Tim Buckley dealt ...