Phil Ochs, Pioneer Of American Protest

When I was a kid, I collected Phil Ochs albums. Phil was a protest singer who never seemed quite certain whether the songs he sang were political or simply topical…but as this commenter notes, there was never any doubt in the listener’s mind:

Seasass 1 year ago


How about an update in light of recent events at Penn State:
“Oh, look into the shower, there’s a schoolboy being raped
I saw the old man dogging him, but now he has escaped
Guess I could have done more than call Dad and tell JoePa
But what do lowly grad assistants know about the law?
And I’m sure it wouldn’t interest anybody …”

In April, 1976, Ochs hanged himself after a long period of depression and creative exhaustion…so he “ain’t marchin’ any more,” but obviously his tunes are still strutting across the politcal frontier. Bravo, Phil!

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 04/26/13 at 08:05 PM • Permalink

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Two responses to StrangeAppara8us posts in one day, but I cannot resist this one, because Phil Ochs was Managing Editor of the Ohio State Sundial, while I was Editor in 1961.

In Volume 50, Issue 1, Phil wrote a story titled “Only in Cuba….” and interviewed the Limeliters after a 7 October 1961 appearance on the OSU campus.

All this was before Phil left OSU to try his luck in NYC as a singer. He was off the masthead by the April 1962 issue, but often returned to Columbus to perform at the Mellow Mushroom on High Street across from Campus.

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