Phil Ochs

Entertainment
Hardly a week passes when I don’t think, man, we could really use a new Phil Ochs album. As of Friday, we’ve got one. Or
Politics
July 4 is an occasion for Americans to express their patriotism. But the ways we do so are as diverse as our nation.
Entertainment
Phil Ochs has his own cluster in my vinyl albums, right between the Notting Hillbillies and Roy Orbison.
Politics
Despite the conventional wisdom that patriotism means "my country -- right or wrong" and is best displayed by blind flag-waving, to many Americans patriotism means loyalty to a set of principles, and thus requires dissent and criticism when those in power violate those standards.
Culture & Arts
It is worth comparing Ochs' life to Robin Williams, since both artists were filled with authenticity, passion, love and idealism for a better society. In theatrical terms, they defined the tenets of catharsis and pathos.
Politics
The 1960s folk music scene was a chapter in a long story, one that began decades earlier and that continues today as a new generation of singers and songwriters connect -- directly and indirectly -- to the burgeoning progressive movements that are rippling across the country.
New York
Fred W. McDarrah: Save the Village takes its name from the words painted on the side of an artist's studio on Greenwich Avenue, demolished in 1960 and memorably photographed by McDarrah. Its shadows remain in the literary and cultural walking tours that lace the neighborhood.
Comedy
Tall, lanky, hip, delightfully buffoonish at times, yet serious, Hankin is the quintessential "that guy," instantly recognizable as Mr. Heckles on Friends or 'the Other Kramer,' who stole the raisins, on the pilot episode of Seinfeld.
Politics
The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans have an equal right to claim the flag as their own. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.
Entertainment
Eli Mardock is premiering a new song with us today called "If You're With Me, Then You're Against Me." The haunting and dream-like tune appears on the Nebraskan singer/songwriter's debut full length, Everything Happens For The First Time.
Culture
Searching for Sugar Man tells singer/songwriter Sixto Rodriguez's remarkable story, showing this performer as a construction worker raising a family in a ramshackle house, contrasted with his command of thousands at a concert.
Politics
The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans -- across the political spectrum -- have an equal right to claim the flag as their own.
Entertainment
This "sui generis" Southern gentleman, raconteur and erstwhile child actor defies linear explication. Here are 15 semi-random items for the not-yet initiated.
Entertainment
Here's the latest video by the Chop Shop Records' act Scars On 45, the title track to their Give Me Something EP.
Politics
Bob Dylan's off-and-on engagement with politics is intriguing. But his peace and justice songs have had a life of their own.
Culture & Arts
2011-03-22-ochs.jpg Two thrilling new musical documentaries place great emphasis on the importance of a song's lyrics while paying homage to their creators.
Politics
The afterlife of the man once called "Tom Paine with a guitar" has, for the last 30 years, paralleled that of Tom Paine himself. Both Ochs and Paine were discarded by their respective mainstream worlds.
Entertainment
Bowser's documentary shows Ochs to be driven by his political beliefs, shattered by the deaths of John F. Kennedy and disillusioned by the ineffectiveness of protest against the Vietnam War.