November 22, 2012 – 4:36 am

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29th Annual Phil Ochs Song Night [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL; October 27, 2012. Very good FM broadcast.

For some, a tribute concert is a form of recognition. But for Phil Ochs fans, the Annual Phil Ochs Song Night is more than a tribute performance. It is also a way of passing on the torch. These performances are hosted by Sonny, Phil’s sister. (Phil Ochs died in 1976.)

Folk rocker Greg Greenway, who is an active tribute concert performer for 20 years, told Lianna Albrizio of “This will help introduce Phil’s music to people who have never heard it [or are] too young to have heard it.”

“He (Phil) wrote songs about how the world creates and destroys heroes,” he explained referencing the line, ‘beneath the greatest love is a hurricane of hate.’ “It applies to the election now. Presidential candidates have to deal with a million different groups with own self-interests [and] play [the] game to get to the top. The hurricane you have to go through to get any positive projection is astounding.”

A journalism major, Phil Ochs dropped out of Ohio State University after being appalled at the college newspaper for not publishing an article he wrote. He looked up to John Wayne and Audie Murphy, who had what Sonny called the “good guys always win” persona, something captured in Ken Bowser’s documentary “There But for Fortune,” that Rolling Stone dubbed one of the seven best music documentaries of the year. A self-professed patriot, Ochs called himself a “singing journalist.”

Michigan singer/songwriter Jen Cass wrote “Standing in Your Shadow” after walking the streets Ochs once walked to feel closer to him. “When you hear Phil’s songs today, it’s prophetic,” Greenway said. “It sends shivers down your spine. It’s like Phil’s standing right there.”

Thanks to mdshrk1 who recorded and shared the tracks at The Traders’ Den.

Click here to read: Phil Ochs Lives!, by Michael Simmons.

Cover picture by by Robert Corwin; group picture by Brian W. Johnson, pictures posted at

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Disc 1
Track 101. Reggie Harris leading ensemble: Do What I Have to Do 4:03 (6.5MB)
Track 102. Sonny 0:54 (1.4MB)
Track 103. Reggie Harris with Pat Wictor: Another Age 4:32 (7.2MB)
Track 104. Reggie Harris: Roll on Woody (Reggie Harris) 9:41 (15.5MB)
Track 105. Sonny 1:27 (2.3MB)
Track 106. Magpie: There But for Fortune 4:21 (6.9MB)
Track 107. Sonny 0:42 (1.1MB)
Track 108. John Flynn: Bound for Glory 3:53 (6.2MB)
Track 109. John Flynn: Binder Full of Women (John Flynn) 5:53 (8.9MB)
Track 110. Sonny 1:07 (1.8MB)
Track 111. Jen Cass with Magpie: The Scorpion Departs But Never Returns 4:49 (7.7MB)
Track 112. Sonny 2:19 (3.7MB)
Track 113. Joe Jencks with Pat Wictor: Bracero 7:40 (12.2MB)
Track 114. Brother Sun: Fox News (Greg Greenway) 4:01 (6.4MB)
Track 115. Sonny 0:49 (1.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Sonny 0:47 (1.2MB)
Track 202. Reggie Harris leading ensemble: What’s That I Hear? 5:57 (9.5MB)
Track 203. Sonny 1:12 (1.9MB)
Track 204. Jen Cass with Greg Greenway: Rehearsals for Retirement 4:50 (7.7MB)
Track 205. Jen Cass with Greg Greenway: Good Night (Jen Cass) 5:01 (8.0MB)
Track 206. Sonny 1:29 (2.4MB)
Track 207. Brother Sun: No More Songs 5:06 (8.1MB)
Track 208. Sonny 1:55 (3.0MB)
Track 209. Magpie with Joe Jencks: Love Me I’m a Liberal (Phil Ochs, new lyrics by Artzner-Leonino) 4:15 (6.8MB)
Track 210. Magpie: Take Mitt Out to the Ballgame (Jack Norworth-Albert von Tilzer, parody by Artzner-Leonino) 2:21 (3.7MB)
Track 211. Magpie with Reggie Harris and Pat Wictor: Follow the Money (Artzner-Leonino) 5:16 (8.4MB)
Track 212. Sonny 0:32 (893k)
Track 213. John Flynn: Pleasures of the Harbor 6:27 (10.3MB)
Track 214. John Flynn with ensemble: I Ain’t Marching Anymore (Phil Ochs, additonal lyrics John Flynn) 3:29 (5.5MB)
Track 215. Sonny 1:35 (2.5MB)
Track 216. Ensemble: When I’m Gone 4:47 (7.6MB)
Sonny Ochs, host, with Reggie Harris, Magpie (Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino), John Flynn, Jen Cass and Brother Sun (Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks, Pat Wictor)

All songs by Phil Ochs unless otherwise noted.

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  1. 21 Responses to “VARIOUS - 29th ANNUAL PHIL OCHS SONG NIGHT 2012”

  2. incredible story for anyone interested -

    By darth on Nov 22, 2012

  3. you must have shares in wiki.
    It is the most useless trove of ingo on the internet.
    I have seen countless mistakes on wiki stories in fact they are always begging for their items to be qualified.

    By allan e, quatrid on Nov 22, 2012

  4. an excellent documentary on phil ochs by pbs can be viewed or purchased here:

    another excellent doc is available for purchase here:

    By barth on Nov 22, 2012

  5. its useless? yeah ok.
    countless mistakes? probably not that many. a few here and there out of 100s of 1000s of entries? perhaps. what encyclopedia or encyclopedic type of reference wouldnt have any errors? how do u know your information was accurate when u found these mistakes? and yes doesnt it stand to reason that they would ask for some sort of proof to back up any information when and if u post to wikipedia? if u ran such a site wouldnt u want those who post to it to offer substantiated qualification for all info provided? perhaps u wouldnt. perhaps thats why wikipedia is accepted as the valuable tool that it is and those who try to tear it down are usually laughed at by ppl who know better. lol.
    countless mistakes.. heh good one.

    me? shares in wiki? no. i just thought ppl reading here might find the story about ochs’ decline and death interesting. wikipedia didnt make it up. even if there are 1000s and 1000s of mistakes all over the place in and around wikipedia that has nothing to do with this article and the subject at hand.

    i would say keep trying.. but why bother? we all know u and the other idiots like u will either way. sigh.

    By darth on Nov 22, 2012

  6. “we all know u and the other idiots like u will either way. sigh.”

    happy thanksgiving day. sigh….

    By catarrth on Nov 23, 2012

  7. i would say keep trying.. but why bother?

    YAY..darth quits!

    By wurm on Nov 23, 2012

  8. Thanks bigO, it’s good to see Phil Ochs hasn’t been forgotten.

    Thanks barth, I wasn’t aware of that PBS documentary.

    By Mark E on Nov 23, 2012

  9. barth supplies the real goods.

    By wurm on Nov 23, 2012

  10. When riding with Bob Dylan in a limousine, he criticized one of his songs, at which Dylan kicked him out of the car, saying, “You’re not a folk singer, you’re a journalist”.

    By JB on Nov 24, 2012

  11. During the early period of his career, Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan had a friendly rivalry. Dylan said of Ochs, “I just can’t keep up with Phil. And he just keeps getting better and better and better”.

    By JB on Nov 24, 2012

  12. When riding with Bob Dylan in a limousine, he criticized one of his songs, at which Dylan kicked him out of the car, saying, “You’re not a folk singer, you’re a journalist”.

    you get that from darthapedia?

    By wurm on Nov 24, 2012

  13. Wurm, JB’s comment comes from Michael Schumacher’s biography of Phil Ochs, which was based on interviews with Ochs.

    By jdallenx on Nov 25, 2012

  14. just havin fun jdallenx

    By wurm on Nov 25, 2012

  15. jdallenx - u have to do what the rest of us have done.. totally ignore this idiot no matter what name he uses. if u notice no one is paying any attention to him. 100% of us know that hes a lunatic. he will do his best to say absolutely ridiculous things knowing full well that theyre stupid but he doesnt care. hes not here for the same reason as the rest of us. im sorry there are ppl like him out there. all we can do is hope he gets tired or finds another audience that thinks his stupid behavior is entertaining.

    By darth on Nov 25, 2012

  16. That’s ironic, darth, many of us have been saying the same things about you for quite some time now. It’s always been more than one person counteracting you, especially since your horribly insensitive remarks about soldiers. You need to apologize for those remarks, darth.

    By Garth on Nov 25, 2012

  17. you`ll never see an apology from “mr. classy”
    he doesn`t have the ability to recognize a wrong.

    By smurf on Nov 26, 2012

  18. again. no matter what name u use.. nothing i said was in need of an apology. u dont have to agree with what i said. i have the right to my opinion. even if u dont agree with it. i will not apologize for it. u dont get to decide what others need to do. u only get to decide what u need to do. stop dictating what u think others need to do. its not up to u to determine the needs of others. u dont do what i think u need to do. u need to stop making names that rhyme with mine and u need to stop harassing me. does this mean u will comply? obviously not. it isnt many of u… its just a couple. and as i have said at least once..
    he who chisels himself to suit others will soon whittle himself away.
    nothing i said was insensitive or wrong. if u or anyone else felt upset about anything i said u just wanted to be offended. u were looking to find offense at anything i might say. develop a thicker skin as u would say to me. funny how it works only one way. deal with it. if u cant.. stop reading my postings. i have the right to make them. u have the option to not read them. i am only sorry that u are too closed minded and ignorant to understand them. i am not going to cave to your pressure.

    By darth on Nov 26, 2012

  19. i thought u were ignoring us

    By flarth on Nov 26, 2012

  20. nothing i said was insensitive or wrong.

    wrong again you pathetic little man.

    By sluggo on Nov 26, 2012

  21. Go see Chasing Mavericks. Live Like Jay. Not a Christian movie, no military, so safe for you. Still plenty to consider. Based on a true story.

    By 4yrsnojob on Nov 26, 2012

  22. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving sluggo. Joe B from NJ

    By JB on Nov 26, 2012

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