Phil Ochs: A Bio-Bibliography

By David Cohen


Preface - vii

Acknowledgements - xi

Biography - 1

Writings by Ochs - 45

Writings about Ochs - 57

Album Reviews - 107

Concert Reviews - 143

Interviews - 175

Discography - 187

Tapes - 215

Film and Video - 231

Songs - 241

Covers - 273

Tributes - 295

Appendix: Concert Listing - 299

Index - 307


Writings by Ochs

This is a chronological listing of all articles written by Phil Ochs. Where Ochs used a byline other than 'Phil Ochs' it is so noted. This does not include any songs or poems by Ochs, which are included in the Songs chapter. This chapter also includes information on Ochs' songbooks and the articles contained therein.

Ochs, Philip. "The Fight." Scimitar (Staunton Military Academy) 1 no. 1 (28 February 1958): 5. This is the David vs. Goliath themed short story of courage on the school playground usually credited as "White Milk to Red Wine", which was published in the same issue. This story was reprinted in Marc Eliot's Death of a Rebel and Michael Schumacher's There But For Fortune with the incorrect title in both.

Ochs, Philip. "White Milk to Red Wine." Scimitar (Staunton Military Academy) 1 no. 1 (28 February 1958): 20. This is the story which won first prize for short story, although the story which is always reprinted is "The Fight", with incorrect title attribution. A tale regarding death and karma in the desert.

Ochs, Philip. "Narrow View." Ohio State Lantern, 27 April 1961, p. 2. Letter to the editor commenting on Cuba and Castro, describing Cuba as "a small country being overrun by a huge imperialistic power."

Ochs, Philip. "Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right." Sundial 49 no. 6 (April 1961): 29, 39-40. Satire of ideological student political battles.

Ochs, Philip. "Views Disarmament as Benefit to U.S., Russians, Poor Nations." Ohio State Lantern, 18 May 1961, p. 1. Review of speech given by Dr. Kenneth Boulding on the political and economic consequences of disarmament.

Ochs, Philip. "Civil Liberties Groups Organized on Campus." Ohio State Lantern, 19 May 1961, p. 1. On the formation of the Ohio State Civil Liberties Committee.

Ochs, Philip. "How Green was My Gamboling." Sundial 49 no. 7 (May 1961): 10-11, 21. Satire about a revolt against a fascistic campus dictatorship.

Ochs, Philip. "See Airplane Land on Oval, One of 200,000 Photos Here." Ohio State Lantern, 25 September 1961, p. 5. Article on the collection of the department of photography.

"Only in Cuba; or, Listen Ohio Staters." Sundial 50 no. 1 (October 1961): 5, 29. "The first uncensored story of the beginning of the Castro revolution." A satire.

"Here Comes the Smut Martha." Sundial 50 no. 1 (October 1961): 12-13. Interview with the "slightly fabulous" Limeliters.

"Over Billion Wasted on CD, Young Says." Ohio State Lantern, 23 October 1961, p. 1. Review of speech by Senator Stephen Young concerning civil defense.

"Red Party Defended by Youth Organizer." Ohio State Lantern, 31 October 1961, p. 1. Article on the speech by Daniel Rubin of the Progressive Youth Organization Committee. For reaction to this article, see the following letters to the editor in the Lantern:

"Confused." (editorial note), 1 November 1961, p. 2.
Gulden, Pearl Ann. "Students Defend Rubin's Right to Talk." 6 November 1961, p. 3.
[Name withheld by request]. "Publicity..." 7 November 1961, p. 2.
Severino, Doug. "Extremes..." 7 November 1961, p. 2.
Robson, Judy. "Alarmed..." 7 November 1961, p. 2.
Sheerer, Ben [CORE]. "False Boasts..." 8 November 1961, p. 2.
Drumm, Janice and William C. Corder, Ann McCann, Dennis F. Miller, David Black. "Students comment on Rubin." 13 November 1961 p. 2.
[Guest editorial from the November 3 Antioch Record]. "Exception." 13 November 1961 p. 2.
Schaen, Richard. "Rubin..." 15 November 1961 p. 2.

"The New Kingston Trio." Sundial 50 no. 2 (November 1961): 8-9. Article about the Kingston Trio with a brief interview.

"One Version of Why and How Nehru Did What He Did to Seize Goa: Ohio State Student Says India Action is Justified; Hits 'Torrents of Abuse'." Plain Dealer (Cleveland), 31 December 1961, p. 3-AA. Letter to the editor regarding Nehru's seizure of Goa in response to an editorial, "Look What Nehru Started", 26 December 1961, p. 14. Ochs' letter in turn prompted a reply, "Imperialism Defined," by S. Yanchar on 6 January 1962, p. 8.

Ochs, Philip. "Play Reflects Thurber Wit." Ohio State Lantern, 15 January 1962, pp. 1, 8. Review of the play "A Thurber Carnival", starring Arthur Treacher and Imogene Coca.

Ochs, Philip. "Moots Tells Reporter of Year in Office." Ohio State Lantern, 23 January 1962, p. 3. Interview with the president of the student senate.

"Segovia Plays to Enthralled, Pleased Fans." Ohio State Lantern, 25 January 1962, p. 1. Review of performance by the classical guitarist Segovia. Ochs praises Segovia's technique, "the guitar loses its identity and becomes a piano, a string ensemble, an entire orchestra."

"Stradley Body Bars Defender." Ohio State Lantern, 30 January 1962, pp. 1, 8. The Stradley Hall Commission of Justice prevented Student Defender Benson Wolman from representing two cases.

"Gone With the Wind, Jr." Sundial 50 no. 3 (January 1962): 5, 30-31. Satirical account of a plane hijacked to Havana.

"Derby Presents Abstract Plays." Ohio State Lantern, 2 February 1962, p. 9. Review of Ioneso's "The Chairs" and Albee's "The American Dream."

"Pianist Gets Top Applause." Ohio State Lantern, 23 February 1962, pp. 1, 8. Review of Roger Williams in concert.

"Masters of Deceit." Sundial 50 no. 4 (February 1962): 10-11. Article about the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.

"Williams Risked His Hands As Partner for Johannson." Ohio State Lantern, 7 March 1962, p. 12. Roger Williams (pianist) serves as sparring partner for boxer Ingemar Johannson.

"Science For Idiots." Sundial 50 no. 5 (March 1962): 5, 30-32. Science satire and math mirth.

"The Need For Topical Music." Broadside 22 (March 1963): 6-7. On the importance of the topical song. Reprinted in the liner notes to Broadside Ballads Volume 2; Pete Seeger Sings Little Boxes and Other Broadside Ballads. See C223.

"The Guthrie Legacy." Mainstream (August 1963): 33-37. An appreciation of Woody Guthrie. This issue of Mainstream was reprinted as a pamphlet by the Guthrie Children's Trust Fund, 1963.

"Buffy St. Marie & Eric Andersen." Broadside 39 (7 February 1964): 10. A note by "contributing editor" Ochs on two new songwriters.

"Requiem for a Hootenanny." Broadside of Boston (4 March 1964): 8, 20-21. Very critical analysis of the ABC-TV show Hootenanny.

"The Art of Dylan's 'Hattie Carroll'." Broadside 48 (20 July 1964): 2. Extremely positive review of the Bob Dylan song.

"The Year of the Topical Song." Newport Folk Festival Program (23-26 July 1964). Article about the emergence and importance of the topical song.

[Liner Notes]. Broadside Singers (album), Folkways BR 303, 1964, insert pages 1-2. Article on topical music and the creative process behind this album.

"Introduction." In Songs Of Phil Ochs, 4. New York: Appleseed Music, Inc., 1964. Introduction to Ochs' first songbook, documenting his journey from journalism to topical song. Ochs dedicates the songbook to Joe Hill, the Wobbly songwriter.

"Topical Songs-History on the Spot." Hootenanny [?] (1964?). Article held in the Ochs Archives; regarding topical songs in the 20th century. The article is circa 1964 and probably was printed in a New York City area magazine, since it references the Village Voice as a seemingly local paper. The article is three pages in length.

"An Open Letter From Phil Ochs To Irwin Silber, Paul Wolfe and Joseph R. Levine." Broadside 54 (20 January 1965): 8-9. Reply to negative articles about Dylan. Ochs speaks eloquently for the defence. Reprinted in Broadside 167 (November 1985): 8-10.

[Liner notes]. I Ain't Marching Anymore (album), Elektra EKL-287 [mono]/EKS-7287 [stereo] February 1965, back cover. Ochs answers critics of both his music and his politics with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek.

"Song Notes." I Ain't Marching Anymore (album), Elektra EKL-287 [mono]/EKS-7287 [stereo] February 1965, back cover. Track by track commentary.

"In This Issue: Here's to the State of Mississippi." Broadside 55 (12 February 1965): 1. Quote by Ochs on the origins of the song and his insistence that it be included on I Ain't Marching Anymore.

"Son of 'My Back Pages'." Broadside 57 (10 April 1965): 12. Ochs comments upon the quality of topical music and the calls for songs of social realism to aspire to the artistry of songs like You've Lost That Loving Feeling.

Ochs, Philip Abbot. "Revolt on the Campus; or How I Learned to Love the Folk Scene and Stop Worrying About Music." Realist 60 (June 1965): 24. Satirical article about a visit to Ohio State University.

"The Ballad of Gordon Lightfoot." Broadside 60 (15 July 1965): 5-6. Very complimentary article on Gordon Lightfoot.

Ochs, Mississippi Phil. "The Newport Fuzz Festival." Realist 61 (August 1965): 11-12. Satirical view of the Newport Folk Festival. Reprinted as "The Newport Pneumonia Fuzz Festival," in Phil Ochs: The War Is Over, 58. New York: Barricade Music Inc., 1968. Also reprinted in Broadside 166 (October 1985): 13, 19.

"Ochs: It Ain't Me, Babe." Village Voice (12 August 1965): 4. Letter to the editor in reply to Arthur Kretchmer's article in the Village Voice "Newport: It's All Right, Ma, I'm Only Playin' R&R."

"Newport: Short Hot Summer." Broadside 61 (15 August 1965): 12. "The trouble with Newport 65 was that too many people forgot that it was supposed to be a festival." With other quotes on the Newport Folk Festival 1965.

"Topical Songs and Folksinging, 1965." Sing Out 15 no. 4 (September 1965): 9-18. Symposium on folksinging, other participants included: Don West, Ewan MacColl, Chad Mitchell, John Cohen, Moses Asch and Josh Dunson. Ochs' contribution appears on pages 10-12.

"That Was The Year That Weren't." Cavalier (December 1965): 38-39, 62. Satirical piece on the folk music scene. Reprinted in Phil Ochs: The War is Over, 86. New York: Barricade Music Inc., 1968.

"Man Against Music." Village Voice (21 July 1966): 26. Critique of musical trends, Ochs enthuses over Tim Hardin and David Blue. Reprinted as "Sung Out" in Phil Ochs: The War Is Over, 34. New York: Barricade Music Inc., 1968.

[Liner Notes]. Changes (album), Verve/Folkways FT/FTS3001, 1966, back cover. Liner notes for album by Jim and Jean. The album contains covers of Changes, Flower Lady and Crucifixion.

"Have Faith, The War Is Over." Los Angeles Free Press (16-22 June 1967): 8, 21. Announcing the first War Is Over celebration, June 23, 1967.

"Have You Heard? The War is Over." Village Voice (23 November 1967): 4. "Does protesting the war leave you tired and upset...declare the war over." Announcing the War is Over rally in New York City.