BORN: EL PASO, TEXAS, 1940 To many, the dream of the 60s died that summer in Chicago, but Ochs took the defeat especially hard. Congresswoman Bella Abzug (Democrat from New York), an outspoken anti-war activist herself who had appeared at the 1975 "War is Over" rally, entered this statement into the Congressional Record on April 29, 1976: Mr. Speaker, a few weeks ago, a young folksinger whose music personified the protest mood of the 1960s took his own life. In his book, Bob Dylan Performing Artist 1974-1986 The Middle Years, Paul Williams wrote about the moment: Your email address will not be published. [122], Robert Christgau, who had been so critical of Pleasures of the Harbor and Ochs's guitar skills eight years earlier, wrote warmly of Ochs in his obituary in The Village Voice. [177] On April 9, 2009, Jim Glover performed a tribute to Ochs at Mother's Musical Bakery in Sarasota, Florida. Each song takes the listener on a vivid, hazy and often disturbing trip through Ochs’s mid-century American dream: visions of idyllic movie houses and open highways give way to dead movie stars, alcoholism and Hollywood excess. [189], Michael Korolenko directed the 1984 biopic Chords of Fame, which featured Bill Burnett as Ochs. He eventually succumbed to a number of problems including bipolar disorder and alcoholism, and died by suicide in 1976. He took his early love of Hollywood with him to New York, where he became one of the most celebrated folk singers in the world, culminating in an album that has just turned 50: Greatest Hits, titled with a savage, knowing irony. The events of 1968 – the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and of Robert F. Kennedy weeks later, the Chicago police riot, and the election of Richard Nixon – left Ochs feeling disillusioned and depressed. [54] He recorded four studio albums for A&M: Pleasures of the Harbor (1967), Tape from California (1968), Rehearsals for Retirement (1969), and the ironically titled Greatest Hits (1970) (which actually consisted of all new material). He took his gold lamé suit and performed two raucous shows at Carnegie Hall, featuring medleys of Elvis and Buddy Holly tunes and almost none of his old folk classics.

And I think it would make a very interesting double feature to show a good old Wayne movie like, say, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon with The Green Berets. [117] On April 9, 1976, Ochs committed suicide by hanging himself in Sonny's home. [24], Leba Hertz, "'Phil Ochs' Review: A Voice Made for Marching", San Francisco Chronicle, March 18, 2011[25], Ochs arrived in New York City in 1962 and began performing in numerous small folk nightclubs, eventually becoming an integral part of the Greenwich Village folk music scene. Later that month, after singing at a political rally in Uruguay, he and his American traveling companion David Ifshin were arrested and detained overnight. Once his participation was announced, the event quickly sold out. In 1968, aged 27, Ochs agreed to help organise and perform at the Festival of Life demonstration against the Vietnam war in Chicago’s Grant Park, at the Democratic National Convention. [120] The FBI was often sloppy in collecting information on Ochs: his name was frequently misspelled "Oakes" in their files, and they continued to consider him "potentially dangerous"[121] after his death.[120]. [176] Ochs has also influenced Greek folk-rock songwriters; Dimitris Panagopoulos' Astathis Isoropia (Unstable Equilibrium) (1987) was dedicated to his memory.

[url=https://www.setlist.fm/edit?setlist=1bc485e4&step=song]Edit this setlist[/url] | [url=https://www.setlist.fm/setlists/phil-ochs-6bd626ea.html]More Phil Ochs setlists[/url]. From 1956 to 1958, Ochs was a student at the Staunton Military Academy in rural Virginia, and when he graduated he returned to Columbus and enrolled in the Ohio State University. Barone’s performance of “When I’m Gone” lacked all the delicacy, wistfulness and poignancy of the Phil Ochs original. There he met Chilean folksinger Víctor Jara, an Allende supporter, and the two became friends. [4] The Ochs family was middle class and Jewish, but not religious.

© 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. His testimony included his recitation of the lyrics to his song "I Ain't Marching Anymore".

[139] Included are many of his notebooks, journals, videotapes of his performances, the gold lamé suit, photographs, and other documents and memorabilia that Meegan had preserved since his death.

As of today, Apple Music mistakenly lists Greatest Hits as a hits compilation, not a studio album of new material.

The film included 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.

[147] The liner notes indicate that all record company profits from the sale of the set were to be divided between the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California and Sing Out! He was drinking a lot of wine and taking uppers. Ochs often played with the band in the same room, a technique used on country records to add a looser honky-tonk vibe to the songs.

“Bring back Phil Ochs!” an audience member shouts.

He told an interviewer that, “on the first day of summer 1975, Phil Ochs was murdered in the Chelsea Hotel by John Train … After years of prolific writing in the 1960s, Ochs's mental stability declined in the 1970s. In October, Ochs left Chile to visit Argentina. In many ways, Phil Ochs was a man of his time. My primary thought was journalism ... so in a flash I decided — I'll be a writer and a major in journalism. [135] Alice Skinner Ochs was a photographer;[136] she died in November 2010.

Ochs's March 27, 1970, concerts at Carnegie Hall were the most successful, and by the end of that night's second show Ochs had won over many in the crowd. Add artwork, Do you know any background info about this album?

[185] The 1994 film Spanking the Monkey makes reference to Ochs and his suicide. In 1964, Phil Ochs performed his song Talking Vietnam Blues, "the first protest song to directly refer to Vietnam by name. Although Ochs played classical music, he soon became interested in other sounds he heard on the radio, such as early rock icons Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley[14] and country music artists including Faron Young, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Sr., and Johnny Cash. [166] All rights reserved. The songs on Greatest Hits always remained among his favourites – John Lennon, a longtime fan, once jammed with him on Chords of Fame. Always a dreamer, Ochs fantasised that one day he could be a stoic cowboy like John Wayne, a teenage rebel like James Dean, or a rockabilly sex symbol like Elvis Presley. [170] The punk band Squirrel Bait cited Ochs as a major creative influence in the liner notes of their 1986 album Skag Heaven, and cover his "Tape From California". He was prescribed medication, and he told his sister he was taking it. Ochs and Glover formed a duet called "The Singing Socialists",[20] later renamed "The Sundowners", but the duo broke up before their first professional performance and Glover went to New York City to become a folksinger. [157] Jefferson Starship recorded "I Ain't Marching Anymore" with additional lyrics by band member Cathy Richardson for their 2008 release Jefferson's Tree of Liberty. [19], Ochs returned to Ohio State to study journalism and developed an interest in politics, with a particular interest in the Cuban Revolution of 1959. The old folkie Phil Ochs image served no purpose in modern America, he thought. Allende committed suicide during the bombing of the presidential palace,[106] and singer Victor Jara was rounded up with other professors and students, tortured and brutally killed. Scrobbling is when Last.fm tracks the music you listen to and automatically adds it to your music profile.

[74], Ochs was involved in the creation of the Youth International Party, known as the Yippies, along with Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, Stew Albert, and Paul Krassner.

... Now today we have the same actor making his new war movie in a war so hopelessly corrupt that, without seeing the movie, I'm sure it is perfectly safe to say that it will be an almost technically-robot-view of soldiery, just by definition of how the whole country has deteriorated. But 50 years on, it remains a powerful indictment of an America losing its way, Thu 26 Mar 2020 04.00 EDT Although his song was not used in the soundtrack, it was released as a single. In early summer of 1975, Phil Ochs’ public persona abruptly changed. Still, he continued his trip, even recording a single in Kenya, "Bwatue".

[76][77] Still, Ochs helped plan the Yippies' "Festival of Life" which was to take place at the 1968 Democratic National Convention along with demonstrations by other anti-war groups including the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam.

"[13] His musical skills allowed him to play clarinet with the orchestra at the Capital University Conservatory of Music in Ohio, where he rose to the status of principal soloist before he was 16. [21], Ochs's parents and brother had moved from Columbus to Cleveland, and Ochs started to spend more time there, performing professionally at a local folk club called Farragher's Back Room.

When the two returned to Argentina, they were arrested as they got off the airplane. [115] One of his biographers explains Ochs's motivation: By Phil's thinking, he had died a long time ago: he had died politically in Chicago in 1968 in the violence of the Democratic National Convention; he had died professionally in Africa a few years later when he had been strangled and felt that he could no longer sing; he had died spiritually when Chile had been overthrown and his friend Victor Jara had been brutally murdered; and, finally, he had died psychologically at the hands of John Train. The opening track, One Way Ticket Home, explodes in bombastic Technicolor with horns, timpani and rockabilly guitars – equal parts Ennio Morricone and Elvis. In Ochs’s own words, “getting Elvis Presley to become Che Guevara”. His war experiences …

A lifelong movie fan, Ochs worked the narratives of justice and rebellion that he had seen in films into his music, describing some of his songs as "cinematic". Train was convinced that someone was trying to kill him, so he carried a weapon at all times: a hammer, a knife, or a lead pipe.