Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune

Rated NR 96 minutes 2011

It’s a bit too worshipful, but writer-director Kenneth Bowser’s documentary on folk musician Phil Ochs certainly fills in the gaps in our knowledge of the life and times of the late 1960s singer-songwriter, who specialized in protest songs and pranks in the thick of the era’s “movement” politics — even as his manic career ruined his mental and physical health. The reedy-voiced, Texas-born Ochs was fiercely anti-war. He also idolized Bob Dylan, who didn’t exactly return the compliment, according to such talking heads as Abbie Hoffman, Christopher Hitchens, Joan Baez, and record producer Jac Holzman. (96 min.)

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Director: Kenneth Bowser

Producer: Kenneth Bowser and Lizzy McGlynn


Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune

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