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Philip David Ochs (pronounced /ˈoʊks/) (December 19, 1940 – April 9, 1976) was an American (or, as he preferred, a ) and songwriter who was known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and haunting voice. He wrote hundreds of songs in the 1960s and released eight albums in his lifetime.

Ochs performed at many political events, including anti-Vietnam War and civil rights rallies, student events, and organized labor events over… read more

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  • Avatar for greylenses
    To my mind, Phil's greatness is in his outstanding sense of time, sense of the moment, that's what makes me constantly return to his songs, that's what's making his songs truly eternal.
  • Avatar for Chumsicles
    Seriously though, I just cannot get over how great Phil Ochs is. Whether touching on political or personal matters, the man put my thoughts and feelings into music form decades before I was born.
  • Avatar for Sebitude
    You've got to love Phil's wittiness.
  • Avatar for MilitaryTwoStep
    woah spooky
  • Avatar for Chumsicles
    I first scrobbled Phil Ochs exactly one year ago today. I don't think I knew that was the day he died at the time :S
  • Avatar for eskaryak
    you are remembered. 39 years. rip
  • Avatar for greylenses
    Happy birthday, Phil. Your words are the power and your legacy is the glory.
  • Avatar for Chumsicles
    Happy birthday Phil. In these times of renewed upheaval, your silence is deafening
  • Avatar for recursivechaos
    wow, this guy's life story is seriously depressing
  • Avatar for imlivingin60s
    a honest, talented man with amazing creativity and wittiness. he will be missed forever.

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