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PBS this week [check local listings] will be airing Ken
Bowser's documenatry There but for Fortune on the life and works of
troubadour Phil Ochs. It is a terrific walk
through American politics with great footage of the 60's and
70's while following Phil's life.
Trailer -There But For Fortune
- THEATRICAL TRAILER 2:10
Phil Ochs 1/19/12 11:01 From the PBS website: In the film, Joan Baez, Tom
Hayden, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow, Christopher
Hitchens, Ed Sanders, and others who knew or were inspired by
Ochs tell stories of political passions that were equal parts
idealism, conviction and fantasy – mixed together with a big
ego and often wild disorganization. These interviews together
with photos, film clips and historic live performances reveal
that Ochs’s lasting legacy in both music and politics
ultimately mirrored the complexities and contradictions of the
country he loved – and his life, sadly, reflects the arc of
the turbulent times in which he lived.
Phil wrote topical songs that
engaged subjects from civil rights to the anti-war movement to
the struggles of workers, folksinger Phil Ochs wrote topical
songs that engaged his audiences in the issues of the 1960s
Phil Ochs Is
there anybody here 3:29
- There But For Fortune - Elektra
I asked his sister Sonny Ochs,
Phil's sister to comment on the documentary: "It's the
story of Phil but also an historic piece that gives you a
sense of what was going on village and the United Sates. ITs
just an amazing comment on history- especially
the footage, my gosh! Covers from the early 60's til 1976 when
he died: The Birmingham riots, hoses and dogs, it covers all
the assassinations of King and the two Kennedys, the Chicago
convention in '68 there was so much going on, it was
I Ain't Marching Anymore
2:42 What's That I Hear? - The Songs Of Phil
Ochs [Disc 1] - slicedbread.com call it peace or call it
treason, call it love or call it reason, but I ain't a
Josh Dunson spoke of life in
the village with Phil: "Phil was
a good friend in the early 60s. We both hung around broadside
and travelled around the metropolitan area together. He was
someone who had the ability to take
the most different situation and captured our anger, like his
song too many martyrs when medgar evers was assas or take
something that was serious and get it as an excell
satirst He had a beautiful command of melody. He just
seemed to know knew what would work and what didn't I would go
over for dinner and he'd try out a few songs and had an
uncanny self critical abilty which for someone in early 20s,
as I was at that time, was unusual.
Phil Ochs - Love Me I'm A
Liberal 3:36 - Phil Ochs in Concert - Elektra
If you've listened recently to
Folk Plus you would have heard me talk about how Patty Larkin,
Christine Lavin and others learned to play guitar from a woman
named Laura Weber who taught guitar on PBS. Here she is
interviewing Phil. He explains how some of his songs took 10
mintues to write [There but for Forutne, What's that I Hear]
He gets an idea, a conception like a flash, like the lightbulb
sensation. "The idea comes and the song gets written. "
Laura Weber interviews
Phil on PBS 1966
At the time Phil hit the
village, popular music was tin pan alley, Louis Armstrong,
Tonny Bennet, Doris Day were top 40. Phil was just so
different and civil rights movement wasnt reflected early on.
Critics of the time called those who did that, ballad singers.
There But For Fortune 3:15
The First 10 Years
Everyone played for
the hat in the village, but not Tom Paxton, who was the inspiration for
the younger singers. He was playing the gaslight. Heres he
Draft Dodger Rag 2:55
What's That I Hear? - The Songs Of Phil Ochs [Disc 1] -
Thats on a compilation put
together by Gene Shay. Here Phil's sister, Sonny, talks about
how many have covered Phil:
" There are so many by other
singers who have covered Phil. Garnet Rogers does
"Crucifixion", Gordon Lightfoot did "Changes" on his first
album, John Denver did Whats That I HEar? the Chad Mitchel
trid does draft dodger rag, the Limelighters do several.
Greenway, Flynn, Kim and Reggie, Magpie, David Roth.. so many
have recorded his stuff. Holly Near has no More Songs on one
of her early albums"
No More Songs 2:43 And
Still We Sing: The Outspoken Collection [Disc 1] -
Phil's sister, Sonny, has
worked hard to keep Phil's work alive, which isn't difficult
since so much of it is still relevant.
We are going to hear now from some who play the Phil Ochs song
impression of the documentary and Phil as an artist.
Greg Artzner from Magpie -
speaking on Power and the Glory
"....its a great song, Phil considered it to be his greatest
song. ITs about true patriotism, truly loving it, not
jingoism. A patriotism that says the country has to heal
its wounds and stand up for what its supposed to stand
for. Phil holds the national feet to the fire with this
song. We consider it to be a tremendous song"
Magpie - Power And
The Glory 3:06 - What's
That I Hear? - The Songs Of Phil Ochs [Disc
1] - SlicedBread.com
Teri Leonino from Magpie -
speaking on the documentary:
"...you don't want to miss it, it
shows his life struggles and the things he did with his
music that still resonate today. The issues
that he spoke about, civil rights, health care all the social justice issues
that he spoke through his very beautiful melodic melodies and gorgeous harmony - all of
that aside the content of his songs were so prophetic.
He still touches
your gut and your heart at the same time. He makes you wake up and pay
attention to what still needs to be worked on as far as
social justice issues he addresses in his work.
This documentary is really
worthwhile and it will give you a real insight into this
very talented and and wonderful songwriter whose
music we are honored to be doing"
Reggie Harris speaks about
doingWhat's that I Hearand what it means to him to sing.
Phil gets to the core of issues, while being passionately
American, but honest, while being a wonderfully melodic
craftsman and poet.
Kim Harris & Reggie
Harris What's That I Hear?
3:14 What's That I Hear - The Songs Of Phil
Ochs [Disc 2] - SlicedBread.com
Kim and Reggie went to a
pre-screening of the movie's early draft. He speaks about the
power and how he was so taken seeing the emotional message.
Phil Ochs -
Changes 4:41 - Phil Ochs in Concert -
Death of a Rebel and There but For Fortune are
two biographies on Phil. Many have written songs in
honor of Phil.
Lawyer, Jen Cass, wrote this tribute to Phil and sings walking
around Greenwich Village, 40 years after his time.
Jen Cass - Jen Cass -
Standing In Your Memory (For Phil Ochs)
4:50 - Accidental Pilgrimage
At this point in the hour, I
air five random movie goers at 3rd and 6th Avenue, Phil Ochs's
stomping ground. These quotes come from those who saw it when
it first was available in movie theaters for the public over a
year ago. They
speak of seeing him in many places in the 60's, Booing him at
Carnegie hall, Avery Fisher hall, his salute to Allende,
and their interest in the documentary.
Aaron, Ruth, Roger, Don.... -
Greenwich village movie goers react to seeing the Ken Bowser
documentary on Phil.
SONiA has put out an entire CD
of Phil 's songs called "Get your Phil". Here she sings
with her sister on this prophetic Phil Ochs' song.
Disappear Fear -
No More Songs.. 3:09 - Get Your
Phil- Disappear Records
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