Category Archives: Phil Ochs

Folk: Clouds – Joni Mitchell (1969), The Way I Feel – Gordon Lightfoot (1967), Tape from California – Phil Ochs (1968), Inside Dave Van Ronk (1964), Ramblin’ Boy – Tom Paxton (1964), Songs from a Room – Leonard Cohen (1969)

“Clouds is the second studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, released on May 1, 1969, by Reprise Records. After releasing her debut album to considerable exposure, Mitchell recorded the album at A&M Studios in Hollywood. She produced most of … Continue reading

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Greenwich Village

The corner of St. Marks Place and Second Avenue in the East Village in March 1969. “… Greenwich Village again became important to the Bohemian scene during the 1950s, when the Beat Generation focused their energies there. Fleeing from what … Continue reading

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We Shall Overcome: The Power Of Protest Songs

“… The idea of protest singers as finger-picking folkies had been long cemented in popular culture, going back to the 60s, when Bob Dylan brought songs such as ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’ to the masses, spawning countless copyists voicing … Continue reading

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Lillian Roxon’s Rock Encyclopedia (1970)

Rolling Stone, February 7, 1970 “If you’re looking for an encyclopedia wait until a few cats who know what they’re doing get ready to spend a few years on the job. This book has its entertainment value—it will remind any … Continue reading

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Pleasures of the Harbor – Phil Ochs (1967)

“Pleasures of the Harbor is Phil Ochs‘ fourth full-length album and his first for A&M Records, released in 1967. It is one of Ochs’s most somber albums. In stark contrast to his three albums for Elektra Records which had all … Continue reading

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Not talkin’ bout a revolution: where are all the protest songs?

Joan Baez performs at an anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Trafalgar Square in 1965. “… In a year that marked the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta and 750 years since the Simon de Montfort parliament, the four celebrated … Continue reading

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Cafe church

‘Cafe in the Crypt’ of St Martin-in-the-Fields “A cafe church is a Christian church centered in cafés. These edifices are associated with alternative worship and the emerging church movements, and seek to find new forms and approaches to existing as … Continue reading

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The Gaslight Cafe

“The Gaslight Cafe was a coffeehouse in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. Also known as The Village Gaslight, it opened in 1958 and became notable as a venue for folk music and other musical acts. It closed … Continue reading

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I Served in Vietnam. Here’s My Soundtrack.

Former WRVA News Anchor Paul Bottoms worked with Armed Forces Radio in Saigon. “‘Vietnam.’ The word comes camouflaged in music. Rock ’n’ roll, soul, pop and country. For those who watched the war unfold on the evening news, the music … Continue reading

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I Ain’t Marching Anymore – Phil Ochs (1965)

“I Ain’t Marching Anymore is Phil Ochs‘ second LP, released on Elektra Records in 1965. Dispensing with second guitarist Danny Kalb, Ochs performs alone on twelve original songs, an interpretation of Alfred Noyes‘ ‘The Highwayman‘ set to music (much as … Continue reading

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