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Monday, July 4th, 2011
1:51 am
Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune DVD pre-order discount and free shipping
"First Run Features has made the PHIL OCHS DVD available for preorder. It's 30% off in advance of the official release date, and as a special offer just for fans of this page, they’re also offering free U.S. shipping! Use coupon code FBOCHS (all caps) at checkout."

Friday, April 9th, 2010
2:46 pm
Today is the 34th anniversary of Phil's death and since this community's been kind of dead for a while, I thought I'd make a little post. I don't have too much to say that hasn't already been said, but I do wish things would have turned out differently for him. I miss his voice and his message. I moved to Columbus, OH about six months ago and it's been strange knowing how so much of who he became was formed here. I even go to school on Alum Creek Drive where he spent much of his teen years. I feel like I know him, but I never met him. It's strange how that can happen...

Anyway, I found this video on Youtube a while back and I watch it every now and then because of how much it moves me. I love the song and the video matches in its desolation. Sometimes it does seem that there are no more songs...

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Current Mood: melancholy
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
12:27 pm
Michael Ochs Archive online
Not sure if this has already been posted but Getty Images is hosting the Michael Ochs Archives. There are tons of really good photos of Phil in there.

Best way to find them is:

- http://www.gettyimages.com/EditorialImages
- Search for "phil ochs" (make sure "editorial images" is checked)
- Next page will have a bar on the left that says "refine this search". Click on Phil's name.

It should come up with 233 images. Like this one:

He was a snazzy dresser.
Thursday, March 26th, 2009
10:51 pm
Desktop Wallpaper
I just made a Phil Ochs wallpaper. Under the cut it is in 1024x768 and 800x600 sizes. If you use anywhere online, please credit floralcig_icons. Thanks!

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Saturday, November 8th, 2008
1:40 pm

i'm hoping that maybe some of you can lead me in the right direction for a paper i'm working on. i've been assigned to do a paper on crime cases in new york city from 1850-present, and how they have served as vehicles for discussion of serious issues that had previously been left undiscussed. i'm attempting to do the project using 20th century folk songs (hopefully from the 1960s/1950s NYC folk scene) which were influenced by particular crimes (i.e. cases dealing with racism, communism, anything), and raised awareness of the issues at hand. the hard part here is that the case had to have occurred in NYC.

if anyone can understand what i mean by that: are there any particular phil ochs songs that you think would be good for this?

please let me know what you think! any input is greatly appreciated. thanks!

Thursday, July 10th, 2008
9:56 pm
New Phil Ochs website
This site was just started two days ago. Here you can upload and download rare Phil Ochs material. There's a few things on it so far and I'm about to upload more files I have myself. If any of you have any Phil Ochs material such as covers, tributes, rare recordings, images, video, or art you've created about Phil please become a member and upload it. I'd love to see this thing really grow. Oh and it's free, just don't upload anything off of released albums. It's supposed to be unofficial stuff.


Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
5:47 pm
My Phil Ochs cover
I did a cover of "I Ain't Marching Anymore" if anyone would like to hear it. It's on my music myspace at http://www.myspace.com/folkloner
Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
10:16 pm
Phil Ochs movie news
So I started a Phil Ochs group on facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6276376450 ) and I've been compiling news about him. I thought the most interesting subject is about whether or not there will be a movie about him one day. The news lately has either been uncertain or just plain not good. A Phil Ochs documentary is in the works however.

April 10, 2008
Steven Spielberg is in the works of making a film called "The Trial Of The Chicago 7" about the events of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. It is rumored that Will Smith and Kevin Spacey is on board, as well as many other well-known actors. Let's hope a Phil Ochs character is included.
The Trial Of The Chicago 7:
Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
7:35 am
Phil Ochs Icons For You.
*tap tap tap*

Anyone in here?

Well, anyway, I just made two new Phil Ochs icons the other day and I thought some people in here might wanna use them too.

Phil Ochs: listening

Phil Ochs: singing

Please feel free to nab them. Credit me if you think of it, but I'm not too fussed about that.

I've made others in the past and am bound to make more in the future so if you like them, let me know and I'll make them sooner than I otherwise might('ve). Let me know if you have any requests too.

We should revive this joint. Unfortunately, Phil Ochs is more relevant than ever.

Current Mood: hungry
Sunday, October 8th, 2006
5:47 pm
what's everyone's favorite Ochs song?

right now mine is "Outside A Small Circle of Friends". then again, it always changes. i love too many!!
Thursday, September 7th, 2006
2:31 pm
Phil Ochs’ guitar tuning
I’ve noticed that his guitar is almost never in standard tuning (it’s about 3/4 steps flat). Does anyone know if he did this for a particular reason? It’s really consistent for it to be a simple mistake.
Thursday, June 15th, 2006
4:32 pm
Here's some usericons of Phil Och's from the photos in a previous entry, don't bother crediting me but please credit whose pictures these are (I'm sorry I don't think i know your name!)

I didn't really want to take away too much from the pictures so I refrained from adding text or changing to another color besides a black and white or sepia tint. If anyone wants any particular text added just ask and I'd be happy to make more usericons.

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So there you go. If anyone feels like using them. Just like I said, please credit the owner of the photographs. Sorry they're not so exciting haha. I just wanted to have a usericon for my LJ and I hoped other people might benefit from my making them too.


Sunday, February 5th, 2006
5:22 pm
i'm so glad i found this community. from what i heard on the yahoo-list (which has become depressingly inactive), there's a VCD compilation of phil ochs videos available from the torrent site, dimeadozen. i keep going back there, but it's reached it's max for users. maybe someone here has a lead about finding the videos?

Saturday, October 8th, 2005
5:50 pm
Hey everybody,

A nice little tribute site was started for Phil Ochs on MySpace:


Current Mood: happy
Friday, September 23rd, 2005
12:20 pm

Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2005 00:44:08 -0400
Subject: CCM Reissues

Collectors' Choice Music is going to reissue Phil's first 2 albums, "All
The News That's Fit To Sing" and "I Ain't Marching Anymore", on
September 27. Both albums had previously been available on CD but had
been discontinued in the US.

CCM previously reissued 4 of Phil's A&M albums ("Pleasures Of The
Harbor", "Tape From California", and the two-fer "Rehearsals For
Retirement"/"Gunfight At Carnegie Hall"). Those reissues included new
liner notes

Sunday, September 18th, 2005
8:22 am
The Phil Ochs I wish I never met
Being a die hard Ochs fan, having also seen him several times in concerts here in NY, I feel the need to post this. Granted not everyone is as emotionally insecure as I am (hah!) but this is a fair warning.

I have been toying with the idea of writing a play about Phil and needed to get started on my research.
First off I bought "Death of a Rebel" by Marc Eliot (available through Amazon).

This damn book had me so depressed and upset that I started to look at it as if it were a sort of
anti-bible. Of course I knew Phil had many problems, hence his suicide....But I had no idea .......(I just deleted what I had just now written as it's not fair for me to rewrite from the Eliot book)

I thought I was forever ruined from ever hearing his sweet voice and words again. Somehow, only several weeks later and I can listen, enjoy and love the artist. Never the man though.
Wednesday, August 10th, 2005
11:52 pm
Favorite song?
So what's everyone's favorite songs of Phil's? If its even possible to choose, they're all so great. I think mine are "Changes" "I Ain't Marching Anymore" and "Song Of My Returning."
11:42 pm
hi guys
my name's ian humphrey. i discovered phil in late april. since then he's changed everything about me. i hope this sight hasn't become devoid of occupants, sorry for the odd phrase, cause i'd love to talk to some others who know his genius.

ian h

Current Mood: peaceful
Monday, May 30th, 2005
1:31 pm
The Sad and Silent Song of a Soldier
by Phil Ochs

And the flag draped coffins are a sailin' home
And the waves are watching as the engine drones
As the ship draws near, hear the bugle moan
The sad and silent song of a soldier

With a hero's greeting we will welcome him,
With hero's speeches we will honor him,
With a hero's ending we will bury him,
That's the sad and silent song of a soldier.

And comfort his family with a telegram,
We regret to inform you we have lost a man,
But we gave him the highest medal of the land,
That's the sad and silent song of a soldier.

We know what an awful price he had to pay,
But the enemy was contained for another day,
We trained him well, but he would have wanted it that way,
That's the sad and silent song of a soldier.

Oh, the weary wounded they wait by his side,
Wondering why they hadn't also died,
the picture of victory on its pride,
That's the sad and silent song of a soldier.

And the flag is at half mast wet with foreign rain,
Ignored by the stranger he had helped to train,
To him it was his duty to them again,
That's the sad and silent song of a soldier.

At Arlington he's lowered down without a pause,
And his native land welcomes him with open jaws,
And the tombstone reads such a noble cause,
That's the sad and silent song of a soldier.

Now a moment of silence for the broken man,
While the president proudly crows "we'll never bend",
And cheers their replacements marching off again,
That's the sad and silent song of a soldier.

And the flag draped coffins are a sailin' home,
And the waves are a watchin' as the engines drone,
As the ship draws near, hear the bugle moan
The sad and silent song of a soldier.
Friday, May 27th, 2005
9:05 pm
I'm happy that I found this community. I just discovered the music of Phil Ochs and it's awesome! His words touch me so much and they have such a sense of urgency about them. The thing is, unfortunately, so much of what he said in his songs back then can be applied to the world today. I'm sure that Mr. Ochs would be sad to see that not much has changed since that time as well... I would like to see this community come to life with some discussion about his music and such. =) I see that it's relatively new and I really hope that more fans of Mr. Ochs will join. Well, anyway, I guess that's it for me at the moment. ^.^

Current Mood: happy
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