Monday, December 27, 2010

There but for Fortune- the Phil Ochs story




As our country continues to embroil itself in foreign
wars and pins its hopes on a new leader's promise for
change, Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune is a timely
and relevant tribute to an unlikely American hero. Over
the course of a meteoric music career that spanned two
turbulent decades, Phil Ochs sought the bright lights
of fame and social justice in equal measure - a
contradiction that eventually tore him apart. From
youthful idealism to rage to pessimism, the arch of
Ochs' life paralleled that of the times, and the anger,
satire and righteous indignation that drove his music
also drove him to dark despair. In this brilliantly
constructed film, interview and performance footage of
Ochs is illuminated by the ruminations of Joan Baez,
Tom Hayden, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow,
Christopher Hitchens, Ed Sanders, and others. [See
trailer and opening dates in various cities at the link
below. Thanks to TM Scruggs for this submission. --

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