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Phil Ochs

Phil Ochs was a protest singer in the 1960s (he preferred the title topical singer, however). He was a devout socialist and considered an heir to folklegend Woody Guthrie. Ochs had studied journalism at Ohio State University but dropped out before he finished. He took this journalism educationand brought it to his music, he became the singing journalist. He was a contempory of Bob Dylan but never reacher Dylan's level of popularity, eventhough Dylan had praised Ochs on many occasions. Ochs kept with folk music for a long while, but like his contempory he eventually went electric,put ...read more

Phil Ochs was a protest singer in the 1960s (he preferred the title topical singer, however). He was a devout socialist and considered an heir to folklegend Woody Guthrie. Ochs had studied journalism at Ohio State University but dropped out before he finished. He took this journalism educationand brought it to his music, he became the singing journalist. He was a contempory of Bob Dylan but never reacher Dylan's level of popularity, eventhough Dylan had praised Ochs on many occasions. Ochs kept with folk music for a long while, but like his contempory he eventually went electric,putting out albums that seemed more targeted at becomming hits rather than educating. He kept with this angle until his suicide in 1976. Hisdepression was caused by his lack of commercial success, writer's block and alcoholism. « hide

Similar Bands: Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie

LPs
Greatest Hits
1970

3.8
2 Votes
Rehearsals for Retirement
1969

4.5
2 Votes
Pleasures of the Harbor
1967

4.4
6 Votes
I Ain't Marching Anymore
1965

4.4
24 Votes
All The News That's Fit to Sing
1964

4.1
15 Votes
Live Albums
Phil Ochs in Concert
1966

Compilations
Chords of Fame
1976

3.5
2 Votes

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