There but for Fortune

There but for Fortune

Streaming Video - 2011
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As our country continues to embroil itself in foreign wars and pins its hopes on a new leader's promise for change, 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, Ed Sanders, and others.
Audience: Rated UNK.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Films : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 97 min.)) : sound, color


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Jan 28, 2012

I saw most of this on TV today. It's a very interesting look at Phil and the times he lived in, as remembered by his friends and contemporaries (e.g., Joan Baez, Pete Seeger). // Though I had never heard of Phil, I'll now be checking out his CDs. // I now understand the context of the song ("I Dreamed I Saw Phil Ochs Last Night," that I'd heard before) that Billy Bragg -- another terrific protest singer! -- sings at the end of the show. // If you're interested in the Viet Nam war, US politics, CIA/FBI activities, or folk/protest music of the 60s, check it out.

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