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Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune
As our country continues to embroil itself in foreign wars and once again pins its hopes on a new leader's promise for change, the feature length documentary, "Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune" is a timely tribute to an unlikely American hero. Phil Ochs, a folk singing legend, who many called the emotional heart of his generation, loved his country and he pursued its honor, in song and action, with a ferocity that had no regard for consequences. Wielding only a battered guitar, a clear voice and a quiver of razor sharp songs, he tirelessly fought the good fight for peace and… More
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""Phil Ochs" not only is a good look at a man who carved a small but important niche into the folk world but a good record of the turbulent 1960s and what motivated its protesters."
‑ Leba Hertz, San Francisco Chronicle
"At once an unsentimental portrait of the ambitious singer who thought himself bound for glory, and an affecting elegy for a time when song was a form of revolution."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Top-notch documentary on edgy protest singer-songwriter of the 1960s and 1970s Phil Ochs."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's a bit too worshipful, but certainly fills in the gaps in our knowledge of the life and times of the late 1960s singer-songwriter."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Proves his work is still relevant, even if you don't know the words."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"The short and tragic life of Phil Ochs is as involving as the music he wrote and played, and that is saying a great deal."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A complex portrait of an ultimately unknowable man."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"This brilliantly composed docu about Phil Ochs not only captures the power of the singer/songwriter's personality, it reveals the period's social and poltical strife by following events in his career and reflected in his lyrics."
‑ Jennifer Merin, About.com
"An engaging, sobering documentary that celebrates his life and music while suggesting that in the Dylan-Ochs rivalry, Ochs never had a chance."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"If nothing else, this film serves as a neat introduction to the music that helped create the anti-Vietnam War movement and define a generation."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"A compassionate but not uncritical portrait of an artist whose creativity and vulnerability were inseparable from the political distemper of his era."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A warts-and-all portrait of a singer and his celebrity, Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is an overdue look at the '60s folk movement's anti-Dylan."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"Kenneth Bowser's loving but honest documentary gives him his proper due as an important artist, without sugarcoating his troubled, and eventually self-destructive, nature."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"... a "must see" for those who lived through the turbulent 1960s, and those who today question our country's continuing engagement in foreign wars."
‑ Emily S. Mendel, culturevulture.net
"Ken Bowser's film biography of a seminal American protest singer of the '60s and '70s is conventionally told but also informative and moving."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
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