Phil Ochs ~ There But for Fortune
KBOO is a proud sponsor for the Phil Ochs Documentary "There But For Fortune"
When: April 29-May 1
Where: Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum
Phil Ochs (1940-1976) rose to fame in the early 1960s during the height of the folk and protest song movement. His music, with lyrics ripped straight from daily headlines, spoke to those who hoped and fought for change. From protesting the Vietnam War to supporting striking miners, from his attacks on sitting presidents to mocking the politically disinterested, Ochs pierced the heart of the political establishment with fierce musical satire and righteous analysis. The arc of Ochs’ life paralleled that of the times, and the anger, satire, and righteous indignation that drove his music also drove him to dark despair. Bowser weaves interviews, photographs, and performance footage of Ochs with the ruminations of Joan Baez, Tom Hayden, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow, Christopher Hitchens, Ed Sanders, and others to fashion a moving portrait of a spirit whose influence lives on in artists as diverse as Pearl Jam, Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg, and They Might Be Giants. (96 mins.)