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Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (2010)

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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 and 70s. In this ... See full summary »


Kenneth Bowser


Kenneth Bowser





Credited cast:
Salvador Allende ... Self (archive footage)
Erik Andersen Erik Andersen ... Self (archive footage)
Joan Baez ... Friend / Musician / Activist
Jello Biafra ... Friend / Musician
Billy Bragg ... Musician / Activist
Lola Cohen Lola Cohen ... Friend / Activist
François De Menil François De Menil ... Filmmaker
Bob Dylan ... Friend / Musician
Harald Edelstam Harald Edelstam ... Swedish Ambassador Chile (archive footage)
Deni Frand Deni Frand ... Friend / Political Organizer
Jim Glover Jim Glover ... Friend / Musician
Arthur Gorson ... Friend / Manager
Tom Hayden ... Friend / Political Activist
Judy Henske ... Friend / Musician
Christopher Hitchens ... Journalist / Author
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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 and 70s. In this biographical documentary, veteran director Kenneth Bowser shows how Phil's music and his fascinating life story and eventual decline into depression and suicide were intertwined with the history-making events that defined a generation. Even as his contemporaries moved into folk-rock and pop music, Phil followed his own vision, challenging himself and his listeners. Not one to pull punches, Ochs never achieved the commercial success he desperately desired. But his music remains relevant, reaching new audiences in a generation that finds his themes all too familiar. Written by Anonymous

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Did You Know?


The footage of Phil Ochs singing on TV with John Byner is from the musical series Byner hosted called Something Else (1970). See more »


Here's to the State of Mississippi/Richard Nixon
words & music by Phil Ochs
performed by Phil Ochs
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Myopic Somewhat, But Still Important
8 January 2011 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

Some fascinating archival footage of the late, great Phil Ochs is presented here and it is just stunning. As part of the folksinger movement in the 60's, his only rival was Dylan, though Ochs was far more political. It is a bit myopic in that it mostly focuses on that. That is fine, but I would have liked to see commentary from fellow singers Eric Andersen and Tom Paxton, both of whom either recorded Phil's songs or wrote a song for him (Paxton's "Phil" is amazing). Not having them is a minor thing, though, and you do hear from his brother and sister, his ex-wife and daughter, as well as other people he knew (nearly all are listed as "friend" first in their description). If you do not know Phil's music, buy any compilation Elektra and A & M put out, as well as "In Concert" and "Pleasures Of The Harbour". I'm happy to see a documentary on Phil finally being done. Not perfect, but more than recommended.

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5 January 2011 (USA) See more »


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