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GUEST,Robert Review: Phil Ochs and the FBI (14) Review: Phil Ochs and the FBI 10 Dec 07


There's a new book out on Phil Ochs' run-ins with the government, called Folk Singer for the FBI. It looks like the FBI was much more interested in his concerts than his records, as they attended many and took notes. One exception was "Pretty Smart on My Part," the lead track on Rehearsals for Retirement, which earned him a spot on the Secret Service's security index. The FBI basically tracked him throughout his entire career, from his earliest political events (Women's International League for Peace, miners strike in Hazard, Kentucky) and writings -- an article by Ochs in Mainstream magazine about Woody Guthrie prompted the FBI to track Ochs down and visit his apartment (his neighbours calling him a "beatnik" type). The article also brought the name Bob Dylan to their attention, who they discovered was another folk singer (not surprisingly, they were not by any means folk music connoisseurs).


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