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Phil Ochs on BBC

Rog Peek 20 Mar 09 - 09:10 AM
GUEST,woodsie 20 Mar 09 - 10:38 AM
John MacKenzie 20 Mar 09 - 04:12 PM
Pauline L 21 Mar 09 - 04:32 AM
oldhippie 24 Mar 09 - 07:00 PM
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Subject: Phil Ochs on BBC
From: Rog Peek
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 09:10 AM

I don't know if anyone caught the Radio 2 documentary "Still Marching" presented by Billy Bragg on 10th March.

To be honest, I missed it myself, but came across a download on the "No More Songs" web site nomoresongs

It's great that Billy has revived once again memories of Phil. As you would expect, there is nothing particularly new, but it is still interesting to listen to anecdotes from Sonny, Michael and others who knew Phil. I was especially taken with Tom Paxton's contribution, and found particularly poignant his recollection of his last encounter with Phil, and the song he wrote following Phil's death.


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Subject: RE: Phil Ochs on BBC
From: GUEST,woodsie
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 10:38 AM

Thanks Rog for the link - I have downloaded the prog. Good site, couldn't get sound on any of the youyube links though

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Subject: RE: Phil Ochs on BBC
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 04:12 PM

Seconded, I listened to it and enjoyed.
All the News that's Fit to Sing, has been one of my favourite albums fo many years.
Thanks Roger.

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Subject: RE: Phil Ochs on BBC
From: Pauline L
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 04:32 AM

Thanks so much for the link to the download. I'm downloading it now, and I'm looking forward to listening to it.

Phil Ochs was a very interesting person who shaped our world, looked in vain for his place in it, went mad, and eventually killed himself. His life after he stopped writing songs and escaped the limelight was a long and interesting journey. I read a wonderful book, "There but for Fortune: The life of Phil Ochs" by Michael Schumaker. The book is a detailed recounting of Phil Ochs's life, and it was written with a lot of input from Phil's family. In particular, Phil's sister used her conversations with the author as a source of grieving and catharsis. For a long time, the book was out of print, and I searched for it for a long time. Occasionally a copy of it would show up on for about $150. When I finally found a copy for about $30, I bought it. I just checked and found several copies there with prices starting at $27.99. It is one of the best books I've read in a long time, and I recommend it highly.

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Subject: RE: Phil Ochs on BBC
From: oldhippie
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 07:00 PM

An excellent program, thoroughly enjoyed it; thanks Rog.

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