When I'm Gone
“In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty."
- Phil Ochs
Tagged #Phil Ochs #PNE Garden Auditorium #1969 #There and Now: Live in Vancouver 1968 #Mark Millman #portrait #vintage #1960s #photography #musician #musicians #reblogging from one of my other blogs Posted on 17 March, 2013Reblogged from philochs Source knifeladder
Happy Birthday to Phil Ochs, a singer-songwriter and political activist, whose one of my favorite people ever. I have been meaning to write a “proper” birthday tribute today, but I probably won’t have time for that with only two hours of his birthday left. To celebrate, I’ve been on a Ochs music marathon since midnight and have listened to most of his albums in one day.
I have worked very hard to get Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune featured at the film and speaker series at the current college I’ve been attending. It will be featured at my school in the Spring of 2013. I will try to write up my experience of getting it presented some time soon.
And finally, to Phil himself: I wish that you were still with us. I love your voice, music, and passion. I hope that your spirit is at peace somewhere and that one day when I die, I will get to meet you and tell you how much you mean to me.
Tagged #phil ochs #rest in peace #all right I know I gotta write a birthday tribute for him later Posted on 19 December, 2012Reblogged from philochs Source knifeladder
It’s not a problem at all, I LOVE hearing from people about Phil Ochs, since he means a lot to me, so he tends to inspire me to be expressive about him. Every time I read what someone says about Phil, whether it’s positive or negative, I feel like that brings me a bit closer to Phil himself. I would love to quote what someone wrote about Nick Drake but I forgot to exact wording and my google skills have failed me again.
Basically, what that one person said about Nick Drake is that every time they discover a new tidbit about Drake or hear what other people in general have to say about him, including both those who actually knew Drake during his lifetime and posthumous fans, that it gives that person a better idea about Nick Drake. Of course that isn’t exactly what they said, but that is how I interpreted and remember what that person said, because it did leave an impression on me.
Later after I read it, I realize that’s how I feel about Phil Ochs. Also, an interesting direct connection between Ochs and Drake, what not a lot people know is that Nick Drake was influenced by Phil Ochs’ song Changes. A direct excerpt from the Drake biography regarding this can be read right here.
As for Marc Eliot’s Death of a Rebel, based on the positive things I’ve heard about it, I’ve read from fans that it does cover an event or two in Phil’s life two better than Michael Schumacher’s Ochs biography. A reviewer at Amazon.com for Michael Schumacher’s biography said that he/she didn’t feel that There but for Fortune: The Life of Phil Ochs adequately covered how Ochs was devastated over Victor Jara’s death whereas Eliot’s Death of a Rebel did a better job. So even if I have strong reservations on Eliot’s biography regarding A LOT of inaccuracy and false information, I do hope that I can get something out of reading his book.
I’m glad that the Eliot’s Death of a Rebel managed to help you learn more about how Phil Ochs evolved as an artist over time. It sounds like you aren’t the type who only respected Phil Ochs for his purely topical and protest music of his Electra records era and that you can also appreciate his more introspective and poetic period that he explored at A&M records. I know there are some people who only like Phil’s first three albums, All the News That’s Fit to Sing, I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore, and Phil Ochs In Concert. Which I think is a shame, because his Pleasures of the Harbor album and beyond is part of why I love his music so much.
And thank you so much for your warm regards, when I stopped posting at Tumblr, I was very busy. I never expected at all that people would notice my absence from Tumblr. A few friendly folks have also expressed that they are glad to see me back as well. It really touches me that I matter that much to people.
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