“There is an urgent need for Americans to look deeply into themselves and their actions, and musical poetry is perhaps the most effective mirror available. Every newspaper headline is a potential song.”-Phil Ochs
Phil Ochs is known to many in the folk music world, but that’s not such a huge world, “outside of a small circle of friends,” he is not nearly well known enough. He was born today in 1940 and unfortunately took his own life, but left us with such beautiful melodies and lyrics that are ever so relevant today and he had a beautiful voice. Phil never got the recognition that Dylan got and according to rumor, was depressed over that as well as having other problems that would add to his depression. I loved Phil Ochs…I still listen to his music…I still get inspired to do right. His sister, Sonny Ochs, Phil’s sister, has kept his name out there and has a site dedicated to Phil; concerts in his memory and she helps promote other folksingers.
You can watch the full documentary, “Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune” here.
Let me get out of the way….just take a listen: