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Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune) (2010)

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune
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Erik Andersen Erik Andersen
Joan Baez Joan Baez
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Jello Biafra Jello Biafra
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Billy Bragg Billy Bragg
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Lola Cohen Lola Cohen
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François De Menil François De Menil
Bob Dylan Bob Dylan
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8 years, 1 month ago at Aug 4 3:06
It's a nice piece on a lesser known artist. What's here is your pretty standard documentary fare but the subject is so interesting that it keeps you going. The major flaw of the film is that it seems like a bit of a fluff piece at times. When the film begins to set the stage for Ochs' death it feels like the mental problems, alcoholism and daddy issues come suddenly from left field and are only... read more


7 years, 10 months ago at Nov 6 15:30
A stimulating reflection on the American countercultural protest movement examined through the prism of one of its most impassioned and underappreciated voices. Captures both Ochs' glory days and his sad and rapid decline, communicating the brilliance of his songs (he wrote hundreds, and recorded 7 albums in his short career) as well as the less savory aspects of his life. Kenneth Bowser's loving ... read more
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Description: 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 brilliant ... (more)
Release date: 5 January 2011
Tags: Documentary (2), Music (2), Fame (1), Peace (1), Nonviolence (1), Suicide (1), Idealism (1), Politics (1), Change (1), Spiritual Cinema (1), Biography (1), Justice (1), 2010 (1), History (1), Addiction (1), Sort (1), Depression (1), SnP (1), War (1), Activism (1)
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Koji Ishimura added this to have watched list 2 years, 5 months ago