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Saturday January 7, 2011
Phil Ochs Documentary: There but for Fortune,
SingOut and live music picks

Folk Plus is a blend of contemporary and older singer songwriters with perhaps spoken word or Broadway tunes, or whatever may be relevant to the theme.  The station's website and stream are online at WWW.WJFFRADIO.ORG  

Thanks to staff and station management for accommodating Angela's health issues and maintaining a chemical and fragrance free environment. Complying with these accommodations allow her to continue to volunteer Saturday mornings. Thanks also to John Webber for handling website and recording issues for Folk Plus.

Phil Ochs rose to fame in the 1960s. as a protest singer devoted to peace and social justice. He was plauged by mental illness and alcolholism and at the age of 35 committed suicide in 1976.  A new documentary on Phil hit the public and the press this month.
Today you will hear from some of those attending the movie, hear a clip and we will hear from Phils older sister sonny and her raction to the documentary.

Perhaps you read in the New York times  about this new documentary on Phil's life called There But For Fortune.
Bob Baker in his piece Tracing the Arc Of a Tragic Folk Singer  wrote:
by Bob Baker, NYTimes, Dec 22, 2010   _http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/26/movies/26ochs.html?_r=1_

Kenneth Bowser is a New York documentary filmmaker, who was a teenager during the Vietnam War when he discovered Mr.
Ochs,  a brilliant, quirky and erratic artist who, plagued by mental illness and  alcoholism, committed suicide in 1976 at the age of 35. [He goes on to say...}
Mr. Bowser, ......began thinking about making a film  about Mr. Ochs some 20 years ago.   Browser points out that while Bob Dylan was recording “Maggie’ s Farm,” Phil Ochs  was recording a war-resistance anthem called “I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore.”  

1. Phil Ochs - I Aint a Marching Anymore - There But for Fortune - Elektra

The documentary is playing this week on 6th and 3rd, just steps from Folk City where Phil played his last gig before taking his life. Included are interviews with Joan Baez, Peter Yarrow, Tom Hayden, Head of Elektra Records, A&M record friends, Sean Penn and Phils brother Michael and fellow dj and sister Sonny.  We are going to hear from Sonny shortly, and from some of the movie goers from the documentry debut this week in greenwich village.

Here are some of the voices from those attending the feature:

2. Aaron Jaffe:  "Phil fell through the tracks in history, yet he played a big role... [being a journalist] he came to it from a different perspective ,
bringing a literal minded spirit to the music he wrote"

3. Anonymous: "he was so talented and sensitvive, think aobut our times and the courgae we should have to say similar things

4. Ruth: "one of my sons is the greatest fan of his, you are never in his car without a phil ochs tape on. I'm interested in learning more about him, thats why im here."

5. Don: "I Saw him live in '68, loved his stuff.. this is long overdue

6. Roger Schore: "I was fortunate enough to see Phil twice. Once, at Avery Fisher hall in 70s and salute to Salvatore Allende 1974. I love Phil, care about him and his songs and looking forward to seeing the movie"

7. The trailer at the First Run Features   http://firstrunfeatures.com/trailers_philochs.html
or see http://philochsthemovie.com/

Sonny ochs, Phils older sister reacts to the documentary on her brother.

8.  Sonny Ochs :  "It is exciting to see Phil being remembered as he is supposed to be remembered. Its getting great reviews"
She spoke about helping the director Browser, in getting the ok from familys of those who had passed such as Abby Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Van Ronk... to use former clips in the movie.  
She spoke about the theatrical event Hoffman and Phil planned, to get 5000 folks to run down city streets declaring the war was over. Sonny says that her daughter Robin is seen leading the line of people with her uncle Phil. 

9. Phil Ochs -  The War is Over - Best of Phil Ochs: Millennium Collection - 20th Century Masters - A&M

Sonny has been running Phil Ochs nights for over 27years. Artists sing Phil's songs. The next one being at the Linda, which will be live on WAMC. in May.

10. Phil Ochs - When I'm Gone - There But for Fortune - Elecktra

There But for Fortune is playing now in NYC, and moving up to Hudson next week: http://firstrunfeatures.com/philochs_playdates.html
Time & Space Limited  434 Columbia St  Hudson, NY 12534
Located at 434 Columbia St (Truck Route 9G) in Downtown Hudson, NY. 1 Block North of Warren St, in between 4th and 5th  a few blocks West of Rt-9.

Travel Advisory: Rt 9G is closed North of Germantown. (South of Hudson and South of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge) We recommend taking Route 9, there are detour signs along the way.

Friday, Jan 14th: 5:30pm, Saturday, Jan 15th: 5:30pm, Sunday, Jan 16th: 5:30pm
Thursday, Jan 20th: 7:30pm, Saturday, Jan 22nd: 7:30pm, Sunday, Jan 23rd: 5:30pm
Member: $5, General: $7, Student: $5

Reactions from audience members upon leaving the movie.

11. Roger: "Well done... certainly a political arc that follows the decade...a graph of the way a lot of people thought... starting with a note of optomism and then by the end of the decade disolution and finally a black hole of depression...This is a man who gave so much and needed help himself. I hope there are more ways to help people now than there were then." "His songs are so powerful, they will alwasy be around I feel."

12. Anonymous "unfortunately the world seems to be that those still same goals and objectives never seem to be accomplished"

13. Andrea "I used to sing Phil's songs in summer camp, and went to his concerts. My sister took guitar from his sister Sonny. I htought his music were brilliant now and that was affirmed today. .. so powerful... affective. I thought the movie was moving and well done. The issues he was fighting for, conitnue to need someone fighting for them today. It was moving and I'm so happy that I saw it."

14. Introduction to cut 12 on
Best of Phil Ochs: Millennium Collection - 20th Century Masters - A&M
Phil mentions wearing the gold lamé suit and says
"trick is, wearing a suit like this, how do you come to terms with weath in a world so filled with troubles"

15. Annonymous: I was at the concert when he came out with the gold lame suit, and booing. Now I feel so sad that we bood him. Not much has changed. He was such a troubled soul, I didnt realize that he had that degree of mental struggle. I could listen to all his songs all over again, and will go home and do that."

16. Phil Ochs - There But For Fortune - There But for Fortune - Elektra

Now if your bug to see live music has been awaken, here are a few options. If you are up north of here...

My Sweet Patootie, members of tanglefoot, are at the Oswego Music Hall; 
Sat Jan 8th - 8pm  The Music Hall   Oswego, NY, US  315 342 1733 Roy C. McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake Street, Oswego, New York
Sun Jan 9th - 2pm  The Endicott Performing Arts Center   102 Washington Avenue.  Endicott NY

17. My Sweet Patootie - DaddyNeeds a New Tractor - Pattootifield - mysweetpatotie.com

And if you are heading into NYC:
BettySoo is playing in New York, NY on Saturday, January 8 and Sunday, January 9 at Rodeo Bar (375 3rd Ave.- nearest subway stop is at 28th St. & Lex).
Both showcases are free to the public, and Betty will be playing with special guest Doug Cox on Dobro.


18.  Betty Soo - Whisper My Name - Heat Sin Water SKin - betysoo.com

HEADS UP NEXT WEEK
Crooked still at the egg in Albany - best music of 2010 on npr  http://www.npr.org/2010/12/23/132264179/folk-alleys-best-folk-albums-of-2010
Date: Saturday, January 15, 2011
    Information phone: (518) 473-1845 http://theegg.org/
THE EGG Venue address: Center for the Performing Arts | Empire State Plaza | Albany, New YorkShow time: 8:00 PM


The fourth recording from the quintet Crooked Still, Some Strange Country, was recorded in a studio in Virginia, and the recording session didn't go quite as planned. The group was almost done when they were trapped for a few extra days by a sudden snowstorm. The forced isolation encouraged what is ultimately a collaborative project at its best -- each of the five contributed equally to the album. And it's got the unmistakable "Crooked Still" sound: inventive arrangements of traditional tunes with some incredible virtuosity.


AND
Rosendale Cafe has The HoneyDewDrops Sat 15th

Now some highlights from Sing Outs Jan 2011 issue


19. Jory Nash- Soul Kid - New Blue Day - jorynash.com
I recorded Smokey Robinson's "tracks of my tears" on my previous record, and CBC's Vinyl Cafe included it on their "Greatest Cover Songs of All Time" program. I was quite tickled, until I went to the Vinyl Cafe website, where listeners can post their own comments, and some dude had written something like" Mr. Nash should NOT be singing Smokey Robinson!". Harsh...sort of implying I've got no soul. So in response I wrote a tune for THAT guy and included it on my new CD. It's called Soul Kid. Sirius/XM's The Coffeehouse picked it up and it has since made me more royalty money than my entire previous catalogue combined. Take that, complaining guy. The track features the luscious DALA on harmony.

20. Cloudstreet - [Francey] Waking Hour - Circus of Desires - Cloudstreet

21. Craig Werth - My Way or the Highway - Spokes Man - craigwerth.com

22. Peter Ostroushko - Maycomb, Alabama 1936- When The last Morning Glory Blooms - Red House

23. 3 Penny Acre - Riverboat - Highway 71 - 3pennyacre.com

24. Justin Townes Earle - Learning to Cry - Harlen River Blues - Bloodshot

25. Krista Detor - Reckless & Rust - Chocolate Paper Suites - Tightrope Records kristadetor.com

26. Chris Kokesh - I Hear the Trains - October Valentine - chriskokesh.com

27. Robbie and Kath - Naming the Twins - namingthetwins.com

28. Carpenter & May - [Lennon/Mcartney] We Can Work it Out - Carpenter and May - Violin Shop Records carpenterandmay.com

29. L J Booth - Box Elder - The Road that Leads me Home - ljbooth.com

30. Matt Watroba - Shine Right Through the Dark - Yellow Room Records

31. Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald - Ship Gonna Sail - From the Fire - Freewheel Records 

32. Great Big Sea - Safe Upon the Shore - Safe Upon the Shore - greatbigsea.com 

33. Finest Kind [Robb, Posen, Downey] - Lass That Loved a Sailor - For Honour & For Gain - Fallen Angle Music

34. Marc Black - I Love You Rachel Maddow - Pictures of the Highway - marcbalck.com

35. Terence Martin - Rivers Still RIsing - Last Black and White TV - Good Dog

36. Lissa Schneckenburger - Petronella - Dance - lissafiddle.com



Thanks to staff and station management for accommodating Angela's health issues and maintaining a chemical and fragrance free environment. Complying with these accommodations allow her to continue to volunteer Saturday mornings. Thanks also to John Webber for handling website and recording issues for Folk Plus.






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