Phil Ochs singing at UC Berkeley in 1968. Photo by Mark Shechner
Thanks to people all over the world, but especially people on Facebook like Shannon Hammock with her Celebrating Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday page, and also the group page called 1,000,000 Strong for Phil Ochs, there is considerable interest in recognizing the work of American singer-songwriter Phil Ochs on the passing of his 75th birthday on or near to December 19, 2015.
I’ve heard of events all over the country being organized. I’m organizing such an event in Berkeley with singer-songwriter Hali Hammer at Historic Fellowship Hall on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 7 pm at 1924 Cedar Street in Berkeley..
I met and interviewed Phil Ochs in 1973 and just got around to making a 2015 video based on that old reel-to-reel audio tape from WGTB when Phil did a week of shows at The Cellar Door in Washington, DC. (See link below!) Phil stayed at my apartment that week. So I had lots of opportunities to talk with Phil, but I never saw him in person again. Phil Ochs was born in El Paso, Texas on Dec 19, 1940, and unfortunately, he died by suicide on April 9, 1976. Phil Ochs’ songs were unique and thought provoking, not only in dealing with political topics of the time, but in dealing with the political system in a more deeply revealing way. His philosophical songs, such as Changes, When I’m Gone, Cross My Heart,and There But for Fortune, reached people in a deeper and more long lasting way than most songs that come down the pike. In the tradition of Broadside Magazine, edited by Phil’s avid supporters, Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen, Phil preferred to call himself a “topical singer”.
The Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists has reserved Historic Fellowship Hall for Dec 19, 2015. We’re sending out a call for people to do one or two songs, or 10 minutes. The performers and songs will be listed in a simple program like we did for the Berkeley Protest Fest with Country Joe McDonald on Aug 15, 2015.
We are looking for people to sing (1) Phil Ochs covers; (2) Phil Ochs tributes; (3) and original songs that the artist feels were inspired in them by Phil Ochs. They can submit an mp3 to me at this email email@example.com
If your song submission is selected, then for publicity we would then need a close-up photo, a short bio of 2 or 3 sentences about you and your music, your website and booking contact info if you have such and want it listed in the program. We hope to hear from talented people who love Phil Ochs who want to sing out in Berkeley on Dec 19th! Vic Sadot
More Phil Ochs Information Links:
Celebrating Phil Ochs Blog 8-08-17: New Phil Ochs Interview From 1973 Released To Celebrate His 75th Birthday. Founded by Shannon Hammock with a companion page at Facebook. Shannon is also organizing a tribute album of various artists to be released for the 75th birthday. Vic Sadot is performing an unreleased studio recording of United Fruit by Phil Ochs, and Vic is accompanied by the talented violin of Eric Golub.
1973 Audio Becomes 2015 Vimeo Video: “Phil Ochs May 1973 Interview by Vic Sadot & Rich Lang” (30:10) Vic Sadot Broadside Balladeer Vimeo Video Channel. Phil talks about Nixon, Watergate developments, the TV show he was on the day before, and his travels in South America.
“Phil Ochs May 1973 Interview by Vic Sadot & Rich Lang” (30:10) Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel. Phil talks about Nixon, Watergate developments, the TV show he was on the day before, and his travels in South America. This old 1973 reel-to-reel tape comes alive as re-created as a 2015 video by Vic Sadot as a tribute to Phil Ochs’ upcoming 75th Birthday on Dec. 19, 2015.
Broadside Balladeer – A tribute song to Phil Ochs written in 1977 by Vic Sadot. This free download version has Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar with Eric Golub on violin. This version was released on September 11, 2011 on the “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs” CD, which is available on CD Baby.
A History of Phil Ochs Song Nights organized by Phil’s Sister Sonny Ochs
You may want to join this amazing Phil Ochs Facebook Group: “1,000,000 Strong for Phil Ochs”.
No More Songs – The Phil Ochs Tribute & Memorabilia Site Created by Phil Ochs Fans
Phil Ochs Legacy Lives On in the House of Woody Guthrie – Broadside Balladeer Blog 8-10-15
Phil Ochs Highlighted in Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Broadside Balladeer Blog 7-17-13
PHIL OCHS FBI FILE by Vic Sadot at the Official Vic Sadot Music Website 10-24-10
BFUU Facebook Event Call for Artists to Celebrate Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday in Berkeley, CA 12-19-15
The Official Phil Ochs Website
Best Phil Ochs Song Lyrics Page in the World! Thank you, Trent!
Phil Ochs at the Berkeley Barb newspaper office in 1974. This photo was given to me by Stephen Vernon when Country Joe McDonald invited me to sing at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Berkeley Barb on August 12, 2015. We organized the Berkeley Protest Fest on August 15 with Hali Hammer.
BERKELEY PROTEST FESTIVAL PERFORMERS LIST AT BERKELEY CALLING BLOG