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 http://philochsthemovie.com
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 www.nomoresongs.com
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 NoMoreSongs.com http://www.NoMoreSongs.com
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. https://www.facebook.com/sonny.ochs
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":
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 BroadsideBalladeer@gmail.com. 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 www.vicsadot.com
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 SoundCloud.com/BroadsideBalladeer site at www.soundcloud.com/broadsideballadeer
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 BroadsideBalladeer@gmail.com
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)
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