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Where is Phil Ochs When We Really Need Him?

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I’m pretty sure it was in the ’80s when Reagan was president that these buttons appeared in the remains of head shops, probably in what was once the hip sections of certain cities that said: “Where is Phil Ochs now that we need him?”  Those buttons would be equally relevant and perhaps more so right now.  Instead what we have is close to 35 years after his death by suicide, a film revisiting Ochs’ life, There But For Fortune, directed by Kenneth Bowser.  Judging by the attendance at a repertory theater in Wilmington Delaware, tonight, I don’t know how many people this film will reach, or if will just be of interest to those who already know.  At this showing there were maybe two people under the age of 50, and definitely none under 40. 

 

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