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PHIL OCHS

(19 December 1940 – 9 April 1976)

The American radical singer and songrwiter Phil Ochs died forty years ago this week. Ochs has always been one of Eddie’s heroes, especially because (unlike some so-called ‘protest’ singers from the 1960s), he never sold out on his political ideas – in fact it may have been his political idealism that killed him in the end, and led him to take his own life. Eddie has a tribute to Ochs on the way, but in the meantime, here are a couple of videos of him singing two of Ochs’s best-known songs, and three audio tracks which are excerpts from the forthcoming tribute album.

Of course, to hear the real thing, you need to go to a Phil Ochs website to find out what he wrote,  and then to Youtube to hear him. Phil Ochs’s songs are as fresh and as relevant today as they were in 1965. We hope you like what you hear.

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