A Phil Ochs Day! What we need in oppressive times!

Well to finish my blog with a further week of some of my favourite people I have chosen Phil Ochs.

Phil Ochs was a very political spokesman who came out of the Greenwich Village in the 60s. His forte was to highlight social issues of the day and put them into song. He was very prolific and followed in the Woody Guthrie tradition.

Phil stood up for the underdog and was involved in the Civil Rights movement. He later became involved in the alternative culture of Yippie politics with the likes of Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman.

Like Dylan Phil was at the forefront of producing songs of social import and opposing the Vietnam War. He wasn’t afraid to speak his mind and stand up for what he believed.

In these days of Trump and Brexit we are crying out for people like him. He would have had a field day. I’m sure he would have been spearheading the protests and standing up for women’s rights, black lives matter and to protect the environment. He stood for a universal equality and protection for the planet.

 

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2 thoughts on “A Phil Ochs Day! What we need in oppressive times!

  1. We’ve tackled the whole black/racism issue in our Sunday School class. We’re studying a book called, “American’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.” It’s about how this country was built on the genocide of the Native Americans, the abuse of cheap immigrant labor, and slavery. It’s being led by a bi-racial couple from our church. Let me tell you, we’ve had some whoppin’ discussions! 😀

    • That is heartening to hear. There are, as always, a small number of whites who exploited blacks, Chinese, whites and Native Americans to make an absolute killing. You could see them every Sunday on the front pew.
      I’m so glad that the real story is beginning to be told. Keep up the good work!

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