• Phil Ochs Being Remembered & Celebrated These Days! 10-31-13

    31 Oct 2013, 11:02 by broadsideballad

    Phil Ochs Being Remembered & Celebrated These Days - Special Vic Sadot Journal for Discussion by Broadside Balladeers Group at Last FM!

    Among the greatest of all "Broadside Balladeers" ever is Phil Ochs! There are many good signs that Phil Ochs is being remembered and appreciated these days.

    The wonderful movie by Director Kenneth Bowser, "Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune" has been out for a few years now. It really treated Phil with dignity, respect, honesty, and genuine appreciation. See more at

    The Phil Ochs Tribute and Memorabilia site known as "No More Songs" is going strong with many people contributing free downloads there. While preparing to move to California in 2008, I found the old reel-to-reel tape of my May 1973 interview with Phil Ochs in Washington, DC with Rich Lang on WGTB. I got a friend to digitalize and preserve it for me. Then I gave it to "No More Songs" for use as a free download. Phil had just returned from travels in South America where he had met and traveled with Victor Jara in Chile. But on the show he wanted to talk about Watergate, which was just beginning to get traction that would end up in Nixon's resignation. Phil sang "Here's to The State of Richard Nixon". See

    Hot Tip from Broadside Balladeer Vic:
    Last I looked there was a free download of John Lennon on electric slide guitar backing Phil Ochs on acoustic guitar singing "Chords of Fame" at the free downloads section at

    Another Hot Spot for listening to political singers of all genres is at No Lies Radio, an internet only 24/7 Pacifica affiliate radio station with its own music programming by Teri Perticone. If she likes an artist, she will contact that person or band and set up an interview for her "Back Stage" program, she will list their link in the Artist Section, and she will give them a place in the rotation.

    Their No Lies Radio Facebook interface is here:

    Phil's sister Sonny Ochs is still doing "Phil Ochs Song Nights" that bring people together in places all over the world to sing Phil's songs and their tribute songs to him. Sonny Ochs will be coming to California in November 2013 to do a tour with several musicians involved. This is Sonny's web site page where she tells you about these "Phil Ochs Song Nights":

    This is the Facebook event link to the Phil Ochs Song Night in San Francisco scheduled for Nov. 16:

    Sonny recently posted an adorable photo of her as elder sister taking care of her baby brother in a diaper in 1941. That baby became the greatest topical protest singer of his era. Sonny Ochs' Facebook has lots of cool current photos too.

    There's a nice photo of Sonny Ochs with Gene Shay who is a Philadelphia icon of folk music with his long running radio show. But what many may not know is that one of Gene's projects was to put out an album of his own favorite folk singers doing Phil Ochs songs. That's a masterpiece! "What's That I Hear?: The Songs of Phil Ochs":'s_That_I_Hear%3F:_The_Songs_of_Phil_Ochs

    Another really cool thing I just found at Sonny Ochs Facebook page was posted by one of her friends. Neil Young did a fine rendition and tribute to Phil Ochs at Farm Aid this year by doing one of Phil's most poetic songs, "Changes". It's on the Farm Aid YouTube Channel! He really talks Phil Ochs up in the long-winded introduction calling him "one of the greatest poets who ever lived".

    Phil Ochs was highlighted in the Smithsonian Museum Folkways Collection along with his old friends who founded Broadside: The National Topical Song Magazine in the early 60's, Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen. They had come from Oklahoma with Woody Guthrie. Woody and Sis founded The Almanac Singers with Pete Seeger and several others who went on to join the more famous and commercially successful Weavers.

    Here's a recent "Broadside Balladeer Blog" that might also serve to get a good discussion going and revitalize this "Broadside Balladeers" group.

    Phil Ochs Highlighted in Smithsonian Folkways Collection - Broadside Balladeer Blog by Vic Sadot at Blogspot

    If you have suggestions, or want to get more involved, please write to me here or at But you don't need to wait for me to post here to get a discussion thread going. Make it your place too if you love Broadside Balladeers! Everyone is welcome to participate in the conversation and to suggest other singers and topics for discussion in this "Broadside Balladeers Group"! Best wishes to all! You can follow me on Facebook as Vic Sadot, on Twitter as "TruthTroubadour" or at my official website

    Phil Ochs Artist Page at Last FM

    Sorry for not being more involved with the Broadside Balladeers Group here for a while. Life pulls you this way and that and you make your commitments as you go. I'm Chair of a local Social Justice Committee in Berkeley that plans lectures, movie screenings, and runs a monthly open mic.

    There's a nice studio here in Berkeley that I have felt comfortable recording in for several years on a regular basis called Robot Envy Studio and I feel a great rapport in working with owner/engineer Sammy Fielding. My latest "Broadsides" from there get posted at my site at

    The latest ones are Stop Monsanto, No Nuke Blues Fukushima Update, Courage To Resist - Free Chelsea Manning, An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, and Full Spectrum Dominance with my brother Rob Sadot on electric guitar during his first visit to California in Oct 2012. A multi-instrumentalist wizard has been contributing his talents to some of my recordings as well, the much-in-demand Eric Golub of Alameda, CA, who has many of his own projects posted at SoundCloud.

    As to this group, you can write to me here or directly at

    Yours Truly!
    Vic Sadot

    See also these links of possible interest:

    Phil Ochs Group at LastFM

    Phil Ochs Interview in May 1973 by Vic Sadot and Rich Lang WGTB in DC (39.62 MB) Free download at No More Songs – A Phil Ochs Collection – A great Phil Ochs Tribute & Memorabilia Site! You may have to register to download things. You can simply listen and read things of, by, and about Phil Ochs...

    PHIL OCHS FBI FILE by Vic Sadot was first published in 1982 in Broadside Magazine. Re-published at the Official Vic Sadot Website in 2011

    Broadside Balladeer - A Crazy Planet Band Tribute to Phil Ochs by Vic Sadot, Video by Dean Banks

    Broadside Balladeer - An acoustic version of the Tribute to Phil Ochs by Vic Sadot with Vic Sadot on guitar and vocals and Eric Golub on violin posted at Sound Cloud

    Love Me I'm A Liberal - Vic Sadot 2011 Update of Phil Ochs 1966 Classic on "Berkeley Calling" at Last FM

    What would Phil Ochs be writing about these days? No way to know for sure, but when I'm writing songs I think about what Phil might do with subjects and they come out like this for me. Sixteen VIC SADOT CRAZY PLANET BAND SONGS to keep on rockin' in the post 9/11 “Free World”! .

    “9/11 TRUTH and JUSTICE SONGS" - 10th Anniversary Edition.
    1 Ballad of William Rodriguez, 2 Cheney's in the Bunker, 3 Blowback or Bloody Treason, 4 Trouble in the Rubble, 5 Ballad of Mohammed Atta, 6 Mad Cowboy Disease, 7 Ballad of Pat Tillman, 8 Tell John Yoo That Torture Is A Crime! 9 Love Me I'm A Liberal (update of Phil Ochs' 1966 classic on liberal posturing includes 9/11 themes), 10 Broadside Balladeer, 11 Nightmare of New Orleans, 12 London Calling 70705, 13 Are You A Citizen, 14 Oh What A Day!, 15 Simple Song of Freedom (update of Bobby Darin's wonderful 1969 anthem to struggle), 16 Ride the Wind (Stand the Storm)

  • Nightmare of New Orleans - Lyrics & Comments by Vic Sadot

    11 Oct 2010, 01:27 by broadsideballad


    "Nightmare of New Orleans" was written by Vic Sadot as a Cajun blues song about a year after Hurricane Katrina devasated New Orleans. The song is about the criminally negligent response to Hurricane Katrina before, during, and after that catastrophe. There were grave warnings of possible disaster for New Orleans in the Times Picayune and National Geographic in the year before the tragic and deadly event. For many Americans, the militarization of the rescue mission was one of the most disconcerting aspects of the Bush-Cheney regime's response to the flooding. FEMA even hired mercenaries from Blackwater to "restore order".

    Films such as "When the Levees Broke", "Trouble the Water", and "The Big Uneasy" reveal the pathetic and inhumane character of the emergency response. "The Big Uneasy" gives a forum to whistleblowers and community people who are not adequately covered by the corporate mainstream press these days. After watching "The Big Uneasy" by Harry Shearer in September 2010, Vic Sadot created a music video of his song.

    Vic Sadot YouTube Music Video for Nightmare of New Orleans

    Nightmare of New Orleans - Lyrics & Comments by Vic Sadot

    Do you know what the French word “cauchemar” means?
    It’s a “nightmare” like right there in New Orleans!
    When they let the levees sink in disrepair
    The warnings were shrill, but they still didn’t care
    Yes, Bush cut the budget… Sent the money to war
    Now the great “Crescent City”… has death at her door

    Well, Bush is a Nero fiddlin’ kind of guy
    He flew over the city in a plane in the sky
    The next day he’s back on vacation again’
    Playing golf with his corporate empire friends
    It’s “criminal negligence”, leaving people to die!
    Now the mighty “Big Easy”’s left wondering why…

    Est-ce que vous connaissez “nightmare” en anglais?
    C’est la Nouvelle Orleans completement sinistree!
    C’est criminelle de laisser les gens la mourir
    De ne pas les fournir les miens a partir
    Une tempete sauvage d’eau et de vent
    C’est le cauchemar de…la Nouvelle Orleans

    The “Free Market” way to evacuate New Orleans
    Was to issue an order without providing the means
    For the poor to get out…There was simply no way!
    Hard winds and high waters came crashing that day!
    Now I see what that singer was trying to say
    When he said that “they’re trying to wash us away”

    Do you know what the French word “cauchemar” means?
    It’s a “nightmare” like right there in New Orleans!
    When they let the levees sink in disrepair
    The warnings were shrill, but they still didn’t care
    Yes, Bush cut the budget… Sent the money to war
    Now the great “Crescent City”…will never be like before

    Est-ce que vous connaissez “nightmare” en anglais?
    C’est la Nouvelle Orleans completement sinistree!
    C’est criminelle de laisser les gens la mourir
    De ne pas les fournir les miens a partir
    Un enfer predit pour les plus indigents
    C’est le cauchemar de… la Nouvelle Orleans

    Copyright September 3, 2005 Victor Rene Sadot/BMI/Orbian Love Music

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  • My secret of artist discovery…

    2 May 2010, 22:30 by sabberworm

    Looking through my ever-growing pile of unlistened CDs (unlistened does not mean that I never put it on, it just means that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to really listen to it all the way through a few times), I asked myself whether it would be possible to pinpoint exactly what makes me want to buy a CD. The point being here that most of the time I only get to love CDs after having bought them already and most of those CDs I eventually end up liking. Of course the fact that I obsessively collect all available records of the artists I like helps. This means that the question is reduced to the following: how do I discover new artists? And which means have provided me reliably with the artists I’d surely love? Decisive for what category to put an artist in is not how I first heard their song but what got me hooked (I’m only including artists I’m still hooked on as of today but since I can’t remember ever having gotten tired of an artist, this is a given).

    For ever and for always

    There are some artists whose music came to me as a child and will always stay with me no matter what. My mom used to have quite a few LPs, yet I only ever listened to two of them: Janis Joplin’s Antology and a recording of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. I must have been about five or six years old at the time. Shortly thereafter, my mother was given a mixtape of Kate Bush songs for her listening pleasure. I must have overheard it, was hooked immediately, and annexed the tape (I even still listen to it from time to time; the dust and noises let me relive memories long thought forgotten). Kate Bush has remained my favourite artist since. I absolutely love her music which has been guiding me for so many years of my life. A fourth artist I remember from my (later) childhood is Sinéad O'Connor: her album “Universal Mother” came out when I was nine and my mother’s boyfriend at the time got it and it, too, became one of my most cherished music artifacts.

    Most favourite of the bunch: Kate Bush, of course
    My rating of this channel: The music’s great but the variety is limited: ★★★★☆

    Radio & MTV

    I remember countless nights of listening to the charts as a tween. This was at a time when my music taste was the most mainstream. Later, this line of music discovery shifted to MTV and still persists today in the form of some TV shows I still watch and some music-related radio podcasts I still listen to. Artists discovered this way include the Spice Girls, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Jan Delay, Céline Dion, Anastacia, Sugababes, The Cranberries, Shania Twain, Tracy Chapman, Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

    Most favourite of the bunch: Undecided because the reach is so far
    My rating of this channel: Great variety of artists, little variety of sound: ★★★☆☆

    Artists that are common knowledge and I happen to like them

    • The Beatles
    • ABBA (this is actually another one for the first category but I never really, really liked them until I got to some of the lesser-known songs)
    • Bob Dylan

    Seen live

    I don’t usually go to concerts where I don’t know what to expect. But there are still three possible circumstances that could cause this to occur:
    1. A friend drags me with them
    2. The concert is part of a festival with a mixed line-up
    3. The artist is the supporting act

    I happen to have an example for each of those cases:

    Best live discovery: Alanis Morissette
    Rating: ★★★★☆

    Artists suggested to me by the local record store

    Unfortunately, Rock On closed its doors for good last October but I will always remember how they got to know my music taste in a matter of weeks… Artists discovered there include:

    Where Róisín is of course my most cherished discovery of all
    Overall rating: ★★★★☆


    Sometimes I browse the iTunes store and discover great stuff that way. Only downside is that once I started a music collection by an artist digitally, I can’t continue it physically because that would (by some psychological condition) violate my principle of the order of things… case in point: I don’t have any of these artists physically in my record collection.

    Best of iTunes: Amy Macdonald
    Rating: some crummy boundaries prevent me from getting all I want but the quality of service is excellent: ★★★☆☆

    Discoveries on are not what you think they’d be: iamstevienicks3 gave me a shout asking “AND you also like Celine and ABBA!!! Have u tried any Stevie Nicks? I am sure you would love her :-)”. And he was right, I did love her! Once I posted a journal entry named “Great albums of 2007” where hdsander posted a comment reading: “Nice list! I found albums to agree to, some to look at and some I would not mention, but I could not find Brandi Carlile - The Story ;)”… And whoops now, there she is now in my library, never again to be forgotten. Lastly: Lene Lovich. I took a more active approach there and asked my neighbours who listened to her to recommend her to me and they did.

    Best on Stevie Nicks, with Brandi Carlile being a close second
    Rating: not many but all top shots: ★★★★☆


    A web site with the complete title “the ectophile’s guide to good music” is a collection of artist that could be of interest to anyone who likes Happy Rhodes’ music. The most effective source of new discoveries:

    Ectobest: Laurie Anderson, Ani DiFranco, Joanna Newsom, Jewel (sorry, can’t decide)
    Rating: fabulous: ★★★★★

    Artists who draw comparisons to Kate Bush

    Most of them I discovered on Kate-Bush web sites, through web searches or by accident in other media articles.

    Most Kate-like: Happy Rhodes
    Rating: limited, but great: ★★★★☆

    Specifically: the Kate Bush Google Alert

    Best here: Bat For Lashes
    Rating: many journalist seem to connect all sorts of music to Kate… so there are lots of false positives here: ★★★☆☆

    Artists who draw comparisons to Tori Amos

    Sometimes sounds exactly like Tori: Charlotte Martin

    Suggested by family members

    Best: Björk
    Rating: sometimes wonky, mostly cool, often quite good: ★★★☆☆

    Suggested by friends

    Best: Sally Oldfield
    Rating: sometimes wonky, mostly cool, often quite good: ★★★★☆

    Got to know in school

    (Suggested by a teacher, not a classmate)

    Best: Cyndi Lauper
    Rating: ★★★★☆

    Off compilations

    Best: Sting, followed by Joni Mitchell
    Rating: does not often yield good results: ★★☆☆☆

    Because some artist I liked did a cover of their song

    • Leonard Cohen (Joan Baez covered “Famous Blue Raincoat”)
    • Ismaël Lô (Marianne Faithfull covered “La Femme Sans Haine (Toutes Les Femmes)”)
    • Cher (Sophie Ellis-Bextor covered “Take Me Home”)
    • Peter Gabriel (Happy Rhodes covered “Here Comes The Flood”)
    • David Bowie (Happy Rhodes covered “Ashes To Ashes”)
    • Joe Jackson (Tori Amos covered “Real Men”)

    Best: Leonard Cohens
    Rating: funny way but most are lucky guesses: ★★★☆☆

    Because they did a cover of a song I liked

    • Tori Amos (covered Leonard Cohens “Famous Blue Raincoat”; yes, really, that’s how I first got in touch with her music, not the “obvious” Kate-Bush-comparison)
    • Julie Felix (covered Simon & Garfunkel’s version of “El Cóndor Pasa”)
    • Julie Covington (covered Kate Bush’s “The Kick Inside”)
    • Roberta Flack (covered Janis Ian’s Jesse, which I happened to know because of Joan Baez’s cover)

    Best: Tori Amos
    Rating: apart from Tori not a big yield: ★★☆☆☆

    Because one of their song’s titles contained the name of an artist I liked

    Solo stuff by bands I liked

    Best: Siobhan Donaghy
    Rating: strangely few…: ★★☆☆☆

    Bands of people whose solo stuff I liked

    Best: The Sugarcubes, closely followed by Moloko
    Rating: mostly great: ★★★★☆

    7 Aug 2009, 00:28 by broadsideballad

    Phil Ochs had about 70 songs published in the 1960's and 1970's in Broadside, the National Topical Song Magazine, published in New York City by Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen. Vic Sadot met and interviewed Phil Ochs in May of 1973 as the Watergate scandal was beginning to take its toll on the Nixon administration. In 1982 Vic Sadot was asked by the aging and ailing Gordon Friesen to write an article in review of the more than 400 pages of FBI files that were released to him under the Freedom of Information Act. The article was published in Broadside magazine and in the Delaware Alternative Press in 1982.

    I flew the final mission in the Japanese skies
    Set off the mighty mushroom roar
    When I saw those cities burnin'
    I knew that I was learnin' that I ain't a'marchin' anymore!

    I Ain't Marching Anymore - Phil Ochs 1940 - 1976
    I Ain't Marching Anymore

    Phil Ochs' FBI File
    By Vic Sadot

    Over 400 pages of FBI memorandums on folk singer Phil Ochs were released to Gordon Friesen and Sis Cunningham, publishers of Broadside topical song magazine since 1962. They used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the FBI files on one of their most prolific contributors.

    These files show that the FBI began surveillance on the folk singer early in his career until his death in 1976. A New York Office memo labeled "unclassified" but "confidential" reports that "Mainstream (magazine), Aug. 1963, on page 34, contains a poem entitled 'Glory Bound' by Phil Ochs and an article, 'The Guthrie Legacy'." In the early '60's a folk song movement burst out of the Greenwich Village (New York City) coffee house scene to claim national attention. Woody Guthrie, the "Dustbowl Balladeer" and union movement singer, was the hero and inspiration to a whole new generation of singer-songwriters. Guthrie wrote such well-known songs as This Land Is Your Land and Goin' Down That Road Feelin' Bad. Phil Ochs wrote a tribute to Guthrie titled the same as Guthrie's autobiography, Bound for Glory.

    Phil Ochs grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He became an activist at Ohio State University as his awareness expanded in the climate of questioning aroused by the Civil Rights movement and the Cuban revolution. He quit college when he came up against censorship of campus publications which he edited. Ochs moved to Greenwich Village where he performed his own songs and befriended such talents as Bob Dylan, Eric Anderson, Dave Van Ronk, and Tom Paxton. Most of his songs were topical and controversial enough to cause the FBI to enter into its files: "Records of the Insurance Office of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802, 261 West 52nd St., NYC, were checked on 10/28/63 by (blacked out, of course) and they reflect that Phil Ochs joined Local 802 3/13/63 as a guitarist."

    Ochs appeared at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963 when Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen of Broadside persuaded Pete Seeger to include Phil in one of his workshops. It was an important opportunity for the young folk singer. Ochs was soon recording, and songs like I Ain't Marching Anymore, Draft Dodger Rag, Outside of a Small Circle of Friends, Changes, and Love Me, I'm a Liberal found an audience of millions. Throughout the late '60's Phil Ochs sold out large concert halls across the country, including Carnegie, even though he was virtually excluded from TV and most commercial radio stations. Beyond any doubt, he also became the traveling troubadour of the anti-war movement as he appeared at major rallies from coast to coast.

    Another FBI memo reports back to Headquarters: "On Oct. 15, 1965 Special Agents of the FBI observed Phillip Ochs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as he sang topical folk songs at a street rally protesting the U.S. participation in the war in Vietnam." After a blacked out paragraph, the report continues: "During the rally, Ochs mentioned that he was appearing at that time at the Second Fret, a night spot and coffee house in Philadelphia." The report doesn't say whether the agents dropped by for the show.

    As the Vietnam war dragged on year after year and thousands of American men were sent home in body bags, the domestic opposition grew to a majority of Americans. A large demonstration outside the Democratic Party Convention in Chicago in 1968 was attacked by police, and after CBS reporters were clubbed and had their cameras smashed, a shocked Walter Cronkite wondered aloud if it was not a "police riot". One Ochs FBI file reports that he participated in a comic incident by the Youth International Party (Yippies!) during the convention: "At 10:20 am it was observed that a live pig was brought to the Plaza by the YIP contingent, which they announced was the YIP 'candidate' for President of the United States. When efforts were made by the Chicago Police to bring the pig under control, 7 Yippies attempted to intervene and were arrested by the police. One of those arrested was Phillip Ochs, a white male, born December 19, 1940."

    The government attempted to put the diverse leadership of the American anti-war movement on trial on charges of "conspiracy to cross state lines to incite a riot." They were popularly known as "The Chicago 8" until Black Panther Party leader Bobby Seale was removed from the case and they became "The Chicago 7". Seale was bound and gagged and tied to a chair by order of Judge Hoffman because he repeatedly demanded to be represented by an attorney of his own choice. Ochs testified at the trial which lasted several months. It was the government's way of tying up scarce funds and experienced leadership of the movement.

    There is an FBI memo labeled "SECRET" dated 10/1/68 which directs FBI agents: "During your investigation remain particularly alert to subject's writings and public statements which would indicate his attitude toward violence to attain anti-United States objectives." Ochs had moved to California, and the Los Angeles FBI office responded on 12/20/68: "A suitable photo of the subject is being recommended for inclusion in the Security Index." Earlier FBI memos had recommended that Ochs be placed on the "Reserve Index". Subsequently, Ochs was put on the Security Index when a form letter signed by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was sent to FBI offices around the country. Box #3 was checked: "Because of background is potentially dangerous; or has been identified as a member or participant in communist movement; or has been under active investigation as a member of other group or organization inimical to U.S. Photograph enclosed."

    Phil Ochs at a 1968 rally for Eugene McCarthy, the anti-Vietnam War candidate of the Democratic Party. Photo by William Curtis who was a grad student there at the time.

    The Little Rock, Arkansas FBI office responded on Oct. 22, 1969 with a memo titled "Threat Against the President". The report claims that a mother turned in an Ochs record which was purchased by her "14 year old son, Stanley Thomas, at Osco Drugs, S.W. Shopping Center, L.R." It reads: "This record was monitored on Oct. 20, 1969 and on side one the first song, entitled Pretty Smart on My Part states in song what appears to be: 'I can see them coming. They're training in the mountains. They talk Chinese and they spread disease. They wanna get me. They wanna hurt me. They wanna bring me down. But some time later, when I feel a little better, we'll assassinate the President and overthrow the government, and then, we're gonna fry them." Apparently, the FBI agents were not sharp enough to realize that Ochs was making fun of right wing anti-communist paranoid nuts. Each verse in that song mocks paranoia (unjustified fear) from several different angles.

    Other file reports show that Phil Ochs' travels were closely monitored: "On Oct. 25, 1970, a Special Agent of the FBI observed Phil Ochs and Jerry Rubin depart Kennedy Airport, N.Y.C., for Paris via Air France flight 076, at 10:32 pm." After several blacked out paragraphs, we see a rather curious, perhaps informative, statement: "This document contains neither recommendations nor conclusions of the FBI. It is the property of the FBI, and is loaned to your agency; it and its contents are not to be distributed outside your agency."

    On this European trip was immediately deported from England with British officials calling him a "communist" and a "traitor", according to his friend Gordon Friesen. The same thing happened in Ireland. So Ochs came home, and years later we find this in his FBI file: "OCHS was personally observed arriving in New York City from Dublin, Ireland on 11/16/70 by (blacked out)." Does this mean that the Central Intelligence Agency caused Phil Ochs' travel rights to be violated?

    In 1971, he, Jerry Rubin, and Stewart Albert visited Chile where a socialist government had been elected and many properties owned by American corporations had been nationalized. Ochs met and toured with the popular Chilean folk singer Victor Jara. They sang to the copper miners, students and farmers, and they appeared on a television show together. Ochs ran into David Ifshkin, a former President of the U.S. National Student Association, and remained in Chile with him while Rubin and Albert went to Peru. From Chile Ochs and Ifshkin went to Uruguay where they were promptly arrested and deported to Bolivia. There is an FBI memo dated 10/27/71 that starts in capital letters: "DAVID MICHAEL IFSHIN, SM – SUBVERSIVE." All five paragraphs are blacked out. At the bottom of the report it states: "Foreign Liaison Desk, La Paz" and in hand writing it says: "referred to State Department". Victor Jara was later killed in the Santiago stadium in front of thousands of his compatriots as he led them in song during the CIA-backed coup by the Chilean military in 1973. The crowd in the stands was sprayed with machine gun fire to silence their rebel songs. Ochs took this political event very personally and he was deeply shaken and depressed by it. He was struck by the contrast between the utter horror of the coup and the oblivious routine of everyday life in America. (Note: This sentiment is exhibited in the Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Me song.)

    Ochs took a trip to several African countries in 1973. (Note: There are rare recordings of Phil Ochs singing with African groups during this voyage.) One evening, while strolling alone on the beach in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, three muggers beat him savagely and left him unconscious. Was there any political motive behind this? The attackers ruptured his vocal cords and caused some permanent damage to his singing ability.

    In 1974, Ochs and several others organized a benefit concert for the Chilean refugees in Madison Square Garden in which Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Harry Chapin, Melanie, and Pete Seeger performed.

    His last major project was to produce an album and negotiate a record contract with Warner Brothers for singer-songwriter Sammy Walker in 1975. For the most part, the years 1975 and 1976 were years of disintegration for the once productive singer. Ochs became an alcoholic and was diagnosed a manic-depressive when h e sought treatment. He began calling himself John Butler Train and was involved in numerous hostile confrontations with friends and total strangers. When the manic stage finally subsided, he entered the quiet depressive stage in which he concluded that he had gone too far down the road to run as John Train. This culminated in his death by suicide. He hung himself at his sister Sonny's home in Far Rockaway, N.Y.

    Since Phil Ochs' death, A&M Records has released an excellent two record collection album of his songs. Unfortunately, a sensationalistic book titled Death of a Rebel opens with and dwells upon the tragic last days and departure of Phil Ochs. It portrays him as a paranoid egomaniac without appreciation for his political and humanitarian commitment. This portrayal is also done without any attempt to acquire and investigate his FBI files. Gordon Friesen wrote a severely critical review of the book for its exploitation of Phil Ochs' suffering and its fabrication of supposed telephone conversations between Sis Cunningham and Phil Ochs. The author, Marc Eliot, never interviewed Gordon Friesen or Sis Cunningham, and would have no way of knowing their phone conversations without tapping their phones. In the book review, Gordon Friesen writes: "We never accepted as paranoia Phil's insistence that the FBI and CIA kept surveillance on him for a number of years. After all, Phil's key participation in the anti-Vietnam War movement had had tremendous impact, influencing tens of thousands to turn against the war-mongers in Washington. It seemed perfectly logical to us that the hawks would utilize the governmental agencies under their control to counteract the influence of the Phil Oches."

    Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, this has now been confirmed. However, a stack of FBI files as thick as a big city phone book with more than half of the entries blacked out means that we are only glimpsing the tip of the iceberg. What don't they want the public to know?

    So I turn to the land where I'm so out of place
    Throw a curse on the plan in exchange for the grace
    To know where I stand…
    Take everything I own
    Take your tap from my phone
    And leave my life alone!

    My Life from Rehearsals for Retirement - Phil Ochs 1940 - 1976
    My Life

    Copyright 1982 Victor Rene Sadot
    Alternative Press Syndicate and non-profit papers may reprint this article in full with credit to the author and the Delaware Alternative Press and Broadside, the National Topical Song Magazine.

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    Video by Dean A Banks for Broadside Balladeer, a tribute song to Phil Ochs:

    Attention Phil Ochs fans and those with a new interest in Phil Ochs. A new interactive web site has been created called No More Songs: A Phil Ochs Collection:
    No More Songs: A Phil Ochs Collection

    Note: Vic Sadot wrote a tribute song to Phil Ochs in 1977, a little over a year after he died, called Broadside Balladeer.
    Broadside Balladeer
    He did not release the song until 2005 on a 19 song compilation CD titled Broadsides & Retrospectives, which is available on CD Baby, Napster, and iTunes related sites:
    CD Baby Broadsides & Retrospectives MP3 & CD sales:
    Broadsides & Retrospectives by Vic Sadot at CD Baby

    Phil Ochs
    Vic Sadot
    Phil Ochs In Concert
    I Ain't Marching Anymore
    All the News That's Fit to Sing
    The Broadside Tapes 1
    Pleasures Of The Harbor
    Rehearsals For Retirement
    Tape From California
    Greatest Hits
    Broadsides & Retrospectives

  • Blowback or Bloody Treason - Lyrics & Comments by Vic Sadot

    26 Dec 2008, 23:44 by broadsideballad

    Blowback or Bloody Treason: Lyrics & Comments by Vic Sadot

    The song was written by Vic Sadot after reading Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert, a former Los Angeles narcotics detective turned 9/11 Truth investigator. It calls for treating the events of 9/11 as a criminal act rather than simply accepting what politicians claim about the crime. Such questions as, who had the means, motive, and opportunity, are the essentials that any real-life or TV detective, such as one sees on Columbo or Murder She Wrote shows, employ in solving a murder. They always ask who might benefit from the crime, and they do not elimate any suspects who fit these questions. Michael Ruppert employs such sensible methodology that Sadot salutes in this song as he describes the elements in question. Blowback is the term used by the CIA to describe when groups hit back at the US for its war and military intervention policies. Many liberal critics jumped comfortably into this explanation of 9/11 before investigations began. The blowback theory does not confront the facts or contradict the official conspiracy story told by Bush and Cheney immediately after the attacks, nor the 9/11 Commission Report released in 2004. This song highlights the verifiable facts and the unanswered questions presented by 9/11 Truth scholars such as Michael Ruppert and David Ray Griffin

    Michael Ruppert speaking at the International Citizens Inquiry in Toronto, Ontario in Canada on May 30, 2004. Ruppert is the author of Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil.

    Blowback or Bloody Treason

    Well, the day was nine-eleven in the year two thousand-one
    That’s the day the “war on terror” was officially begun
    When 2 planes took down 3 buildings in a scene of “Shock & Awe”
    Before they hauled away the rubble, it was a crime scene for the law!

    Who had the means? Who had the motive?
    Who could do this crime and live?
    Who had the opportunity?
    Who benefits to what degree?
    We need a great detective’s logic!
    Forensic facts and laws of physics…
    Not “leaps of faith”… Just “steps to reason”
    Was it blowback or bloody treason?
    Was it blowback or bloody treason?

    The Towers fell into their footprints… Didn’t fall sideways at all…
    It only took about 10 seconds… What explains that fast free-fall?
    Only explosive demolitions causing vacuums in the core!
    Turning most things into powder… molten steel for weeks or more! (chorus)

    The Pentagon was hit by something. Surveillance photos weren’t released…
    Our military, they did nothing! Did not defend the now deceased!
    Rice and Myers got promoted for failing at this crisis time
    To pre-planned wars they were devoted and the pretext was this crime! (chorus)

    Jet Fuel Jokers

    Across the fields of Pennsylvania “crashed” Flight UA 93
    Ask your media to “explain ya” the 8 mile scattering of debris
    Show us proof and show us photos! We might buy your alibis…
    Or did your “war games” led by Cheney all go “live” behind your lies? (chorus)

    There were warnings, whistle-blowers… And they tried to make it stop!
    Intel agents, FBI guys…. Blocked by “moles” up at the top
    Was Building 7 the command post for a New York “false flag” op?
    No plane hit it, but it imploded… Give that crime scene to a cop! (chorus)

    Fast-track visas, Arab “assets”… Soon they’re “patsies” in the plot
    “Able Danger” named some culprits…Told: “Back off from what you got!
    Don’t you spoil our wars for oil… domination through “puppets”…
    You’ve got family. Keep your mouth shut! Don’t mess with our “state secrets”! (chorus)

    Was it “blowback” at the Empire? Was it “treason” from inside?
    What else perished in those fires? Was it “our right to decide”?
    Is that key probe still ongoing into Army anthrax spores?
    Surely Congress should be knowing as a target of these wars! (chorus)

    Copyright August 1, 2006 Victor Rene Sadot/BMI/Orbian Love Music

    Vic Sadot
    9/11 Truth & Justice Songs
    Blowback Or Bloody Treason
    Crazy Planet Records
    Official 9/11 Web SiteNorthern California 9/11 Truth Alliance at Community CurrencyVic Sadot & Crazy Planet Band at MySpace
    Peak Oil, Sustainability, and the Events Surrounding 9/11Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert – Summary by Michael KaneCrossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil
  • Trouble in the Rubble: Lyrics & Comments by Vic Sadot

    24 Dec 2008, 03:32 by broadsideballad

    Trouble in the Rubble was written after reading the Associated Press article on the 9/11 rescue dogs by Amy Westfeldt. It was run in the Washington Post on Oct 20, 2006. It ran in the News Journal of Wilmington DE on Oct. 21, 2006. It reveals the curious fact that many of the rescue dogs of 9/11 had their feet burned by “white-hot debris”. The reporter did not question or explain how this came to be. While this story is consistent with other reports of pools of molten steel still being “white-hot” many weeks after the free-fall collapse and disintegration of the World Trade Center towers, it is not consistent with the official story that the towers fell into rubble as a result of jet fuel fires. This news story inspired this song. Washington Post Oct 21, 2006 - Scientists: Dogs Not Injured by WTC Work

    Trouble in the Rubble
    by Vic Sadot, Broadside Balladeer

    Well, the story in the paper ‘bout the rescue dogs at the 9/11 tragedy
    Said the dogs were’nt suffering like the humans were from diggin’ in the dangerous debris
    Asbestos in the air! Toxic powder everywhere! All around the WTC!
    And though the EPA said it was all ok. It was later proved not to be!


    There was trouble in the rubble of the WTC! Danger that they could not see!
    Asbestos in the air! Toxic powder everywhere! And a strange “white-hot debris”!
    There was trouble in the rubble of the WTC! Pools of molten steel burned brilliantly!
    And in the news we learned that the doggies’ feet were burned by a strange “white-hot debris”!

    Now, many months have passed since the data’s was amassed to document disturbingly!
    That many lung and brain killing ailments came, compounding the initial tragedy
    While humans worked for months at the crime scene site. The dogs were mostly there for days
    But all of them dug in the deadly dust, and breathed in the toxic haze! (chorus)

    The workers searched the “Ground Zero” ruins in vain, responding unselfishly
    For at first they found a few, then for months found no one new in the depths of the WTC
    And the workers didn’t know in the rubble down below…the truth was burning secretly!
    There was no one left alive cause no one could survive that strange “white-hot debris! (chorus)

    VIC SADOT sings out in San Francisco

    Now, many good firemen and rescue workers too are dead and gone before their time
    And many unanswered questions challenge you about this terrible crime
    But one of those burning questions ought to be answered rather easily
    It’s the one that explains scientifically that strange “white-hot debris”! (chorus)

    Now, someone sent the firemen up the Towers that day to put the jet fuel fires out!
    And someone sent the rescue and removal workers in… Of that there is no doubt!
    And jet fuel isn’t known to melt steel beams away… It hasn’t got a history!
    But demolition charges make vacuums that way… And that’s no mystery! (chorus)

    Copyright Nov. 16, 2006 Victor Rene Sadot / BMI / Orbian Love Music

    Vic Sadot
    9/11 Truth & Justice Songs
    Trouble in the Rubble
    Crazy Planet Records
    FealGood Foundation: For 9/11's Sick & Dying Heroes
    San Francisco 9/11 Truth Action Blog for Dec 11, 2008 Action
    The Official 9/11 Web Site
    Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance at Community Currency
    9/11 Truth & Justice Songs at Last FM
    Crazy Planet Records

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  • Janis Joplin Wallpaper

    9 Sep 2007, 18:07 by MadameSerpent

    Credit is not necessary. Just don't tell you edit it. (: Enjoy!

  • 18 Joan Baez Screencaps + 1 Wallpaper

    6 Sep 2007, 02:57 by MadameSerpent

    *I took the image from Joan Baez group =D, feel free to use it, and to post it anywhere you want; just don't say that you edit it. Credit is not necessary.

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    *Joan Baez performing "Farewell Angelina"

    (Video taken from Youtube - Rosa Mannen)