New Release: Phil Ochs There But For Fortune DVD

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The life and career of the legendary protest singer/songwriter is examined in Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune.

First Run Features released Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune, a documentary film on the noted American protest singer/songwriter (or “topical” singer/songwriter, as he preferred), on DVD on July 19, 2011.

Over the course of a meteoric music career that spanned two turbulent decades, folk performer Phil Ochs sought the bright lights of fame and social justice in equal measure, a contradiction that eventually tore him apart.

The 2010 movie features extensive archival performance and interview footage of Ochs, as well as scenes reflecting the turbulent political climate of the 1960s during which he emerged as a spokesperson on causes such as racial injustice, political oppression, the horrors of war and labor issues.

The film includes interviews with family members and many of the artists and activists who knew him from his arrival in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s through his death in 1976, Joan Baez, Tom Hayden, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow and Christopher Hitchens.

Written and directed by Kenneth Bowser, Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune received a well-reviewed limited release in theaters in January.

No special features are on the DVD, which carries the list price of $27.95.


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