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There but for fortune.

Cohl, Michael. (Producer). Bowser, Kenneth. (Screenwriter, Director, Producer). Ochs, Michael, 1943- (Producer). Ochs, Phil (Performer, Interviewee). Baez, Joan. (Added Author). Hayden, Tom. (Added Author). Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014 (Added Author). Bragg, Billy. (Added Author). Penn, Sean, 1960- (Added Author). Yarrow, Peter, 1938- (Added Author). Hitchens, Christopher. (Added Author). Arnold, Pamela Scott. (Added Author).
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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 97 min.)) : sound, color
  • Publisher: [United States] : First Run Films : 2011.

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Restrictions on Access Note:
Digital content provided by hoopla.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Directed by Kenneth Bowser.
Participant or Performer Note:
Interviewees: featuring Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, Tom Hayden, Christopher Hitchens, Sean Penn, Pete Seeger and Peter Yarrow.
Summary, etc.:
As our country continues to embroil itself in foreign wars and pins its hopes on a new leader's promise for change, Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune is a timely and relevant tribute to an unlikely American hero. Over the course of a meteoric music career that spanned two turbulent decades, Phil Ochs sought the bright lights of fame and social justice in equal measure - a contradiction that eventually tore him apart. From youthful idealism to rage to pessimism, the arch of Ochs' life paralleled that of the times, and the anger, satire and righteous indignation that drove his music also drove him to dark despair. In this brilliantly constructed film, interview and performance footage of Ochs is illuminated by the ruminations of Joan Baez, Tom Hayden, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow, Christopher Hitchens, Ed Sanders, and others.
Target Audience Note:
Not rated.
System Details Note:
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: Folk singers > United States > Biography.
Protest songs > United States.
Political ballads and songs > United States.
Folk music > United States > History and criticism.

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