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As our country continues to embroil itself in foreign wars, Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune is a timely and relevant tribute to an unlikely American hero. Over the course of a meteoric music career that spanned two turbulent decades, Phil Ochs sought the bright lights of fame and social justice in equal measure - a contradiction that eventually tore him apart.
From youthful idealism to rage to pessimism, the arch of Ochs' life paralleled that of the times, and the anger, satire and righteous indignation that drove his music also drove him to dark despair. In this brilliantly constructed film, interview and performance footage of Ochs is illuminated by the ruminations of Joan Baez, Tom Hayden, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow, Christopher Hitchens and others.
Like all things Phil Ochs, this is both sad and enjoyable. Ochs never got as much credit as deserved. This film was good but not as much as Chords of Fame.Published 10 days ago by Rollin Stone
There couldn't be a better or more complete review of Phil Ochs and his career. Along with a fair amount of live performance clips, you have a very wide and inclusive series of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by dwall
Amazing, powerful documentary about the most underrated American songwriter who ever walked this Earth.Published 8 months ago by MusicMusicMusic
Fantastic film biography even for people not interested in Phil Ochs or folk music as the story of the man and his times (the turbulent sixties) is simply phenomenal! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Steve Zee
Great documentary about a somewhat obscure folk singer/song writer who mainly focused on war protest and current news events such as civil rights in the 60's. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Skip Idol
I could've done without commentary from convicted "statutory" rapist ( I recall she was 14), Peter Yarrow, but this is an otherwise excellent documentary about the REAL... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Arthur Frame