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.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features, 2011.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 97 min.)) :,sd., col.
digital, rda
video file, rda


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Jan 13, 2019

I didn't know anything about Phil Ochs before I watched this. But I found him funny, talented, and raising his passion of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam war. Very much in tune and hanging with the folk activists of the day, Dylan, Hoffman, Baez, lots more, his was a curious bent on being the activist that he was, skewering the establishment that was alive and well then, and trying to live the pop folk star but couldn't handle it. I felt sad afterwards, but was glad to find out about him. I liked it.

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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