01 gennaio 2011

Iniziano il 5 gennaio all'IFC Center di New York le proiezioni del film di Kenneth Bowser "Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune", prodotto e distribuito dall'indipendente First Run Features. Una recensione è apparsa qualche giorno fa sul New York Times, mentre trailer, testi e immagini sulla realizzazione del documentario si trovano in http://firstrunfeatures.com/philochs_press.html.
A giorni sarà pronta anche la ristampa in vinile del primo album di Ochs, All the News That's Fit to Sing (1964).

As the country continues to engage in foreign wars, Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune is a timely tribute to an unlikely American hero whose music is as relevant today as it was in the 1960s. Ochs, a folk singing legend, was moved by the conviction that he and his music would change the world. He loved his country and fought to honor it, in both song and action. Wielding only a battered guitar, a clear voice and the quiver of his razor sharp songs, he tirelessly fought the good fight for peace and justice throughout his short life. His songs became anthems for the anti-war movement and still beautifully reflect the pain and the possibilities of those turbulent times – and ours.
Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune is buoyed by these anthems and melodies – from humorous to haunting – and throughout the film play the role of narrator, giving contextual depth to the unfolding saga of Ochs’ complex political and personal life. In the film, Joan Baez, Tom Hayden, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow, Christopher Hitchens, Ed Sanders, and others who knew or were inspired by Ochs tell stories of political passions that were equal parts idealism, conviction and fantasy mixed together with a big ego and often wild disorganization.
A truth seeking troubadour, with a guitar in hand, Phil stood up for what he believed in and challenged us all to do the same. Unyielding in his political principals and unbending in his artistic vision, Phil Ochs, though branded a traitor by his critics, was above all a fiercely patriotic American.