Phil Ochs


Phil Ochs (Philip David Ochs) was an American protest singer and songwriter, known for his sharp wit, earnes, sardonic humor, political activism and aliterative lyrics. Born on December 19, 1940 in El Paso, Texas and died on April 9, 1976 (aged 35) in Far Rockaway, New York City. He described himself as a “left social democrat” who became an “early revolutionary” after the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago led to a police riot, which had a profound effect on his state of mind.

Phil Ochs’s major musical influences:

“Love Me, I’m a Liberal”:

“The war is over”:

“There but for Fortune”:

“Power and the glory”:

“Outside of a Small Circle of Friends”:

“Draft Dodger Rag”:

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