(19 December 1940 – 9 April 1976)
We originally created this page in April 2016 to mark the fortieth anniversary of the death of the American radical singer and songrwiter Phil Ochs. However, 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.So we left it here.
In any case, Eddie has a tribute album to Ochs on the way, but in the meantime, here are a three 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 the 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.