537 Essential Rock Albums – Phil Ochs – I Ain’t Marching Any More

A thought for the great Phil Ochs and someone who wrote and sang songs packed with meaning to shine a spotlight on things that were not right so that we could make a better world. Where are the poets, singers and protestors when we need them?

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If only Phil had not been so stressed out with his life he might not have become so hopelessly involved with alcohol and depression. If he had not committed suicide in the mid-seventies we might still have him with us today. Heaven knows we need people to speak out against the madness. I miss him.

This album is one of his early ones.

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  1. Phil Ochs – I Ain’t Marching Any More

Phil’s second album carried on it the same vein as the first. He was adept at taking a new headline of a social issue that had taken his interest and developing it into a song. This is what had prompted Bob Dylan into scathingly calling him more of a journalist that a song-writer.

These early songs did not have the poetry of Dylan or even his later more complicated songs which were a lot more poetic but they did…

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