DC Music Salon

"Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune"

Film poster for Phil Ochs: There But For FortuneJoin us for the documentary Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune on Wednesday, February 8, 7 to 9 p.m. Folksinger "Phil Ochs is a figure both glorious and tragic who haunts the history of the 1960s" (allmusic.com). "An unbelievable story of a true believer... one of the greatest the most passionate voices of the 1960's was the first to be forgotten" (philochsthemovie.com).

Unlike the artists we've studied in our previous Salons, Ochs' connection to D.C. is more tenuous--but this film's incredible telling of his singular talent and tragic life make it essential viewing. As late as 1964, Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs were considered by many to be equals; Dylan famously chose rock 'n' roll, while Ochs stayed the narrow path of protest music. Sadly, Ochs has been largely written out of history, but his music and spirit live in the countless artists and activists he inspired. This great documentary helps explain why. And we'll go one step further in discussion before and after as we'll be joined by Ochs expert Jeff Place -- archivist for the Smithsonian Folklife Collections, Grammy winner and producer/writer of "Anthology of American Folk Music" and "Best of Broadside."