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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.
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 3 months ago by SteveG
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 4 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 5 months ago by Arthur Frame
Bob Dylan pales in comparison. The best of folk, protest, poetry. Listen to Power and Glory, Pleasures of the Harbor, or White Boots Marching in a Yellow Land and you will be sold.Published 11 months ago by marc garfinkel
It is really great to see such a great documentary about Phil. It is not the normal bio which goes :"he was such a genius" "He was so influential "His songs... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michel Olson
As a Phil Ochs fan for 45 years this film captures the tragedy and the glory of this wonderful inspirational man and his unforgettable lyrics. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jean-Pierre Kirkland