Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Phil Ochs, Jewish Troubadour

My high-school heart-throb, Phil Ochs, is now the subject of a new documentary, There But For Fortune. Turns out he was Jewish. Who knew? Not that it figured at all in his work.

I loved his music and now realize how lucky I was that my Israeli parents didn't understand the lyrics of his songs or I might not have been able to play them -- his records, my guitar -- as loudly and often as I did. Oh, those were the days when my politics were straight forward and not at all complicated.


  1. We must be the same age. I remember Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton as well from my High School days.



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