Berkeley Folk Music Festival

The Berkeley Folk Music Festival Archive consists of roughly 33,500 items, including photographs of folk artists and groups, posters, flyers, press clippings, correspondence, publicity information, and more about the Festival and the folk music revival as a whole. Audio recordings from the Archive can be found by copying and pasting into your browser. A digital exhibit, The Berkeley Folk Music Festival & the Folk Revival on the US West Coast—An Introduction, can be found at

Berkeley Folk Music Festival

Legacy: Interview with Lee Houskeeper

Legacy episodes focus on the enduring impact that Phil Ochs has had on those who knew him, on his fans, and on folk music as a whole.


In this episode, I speak to Lee Houskeeper, a very close friend of Phil Ochs, who first met him on the night of his infamous gold suit concert at Carnegie Hall in 1970. Houskeeper is a dazzling storyteller who is sure to keep you invested in what he has to say.


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Legacy: Interview with SONiA (disappear fear)

Legacy episodes focus on the enduring impact that Phil Ochs has had on those who knew him, on his fans, and on folk music as a whole.

In this episode, we sit down with SONiA, aka Sonia Rutstein of disappear fear, to talk about the impact Phil Ochs had on her life and her music. Learn even more about SONiA at her website: and be sure to check out her wonderful tribute album, “Get Your Phil”!

Busy, busy

I apologize for my lack of posts in the last year. I never quite got the hang of this format, not to mention I’ve had a lot on my plate with podcast work.

Some updates:

  • The podcast is up and running! I couldn’t figure out how to host the RSS feed here, but you can find God Help the Troubadour on any podcast platform or at the direct link here. As of right now there are two episodes out, and a bonus “Legacy” episode which is an interview with Phil’s sister, Sonny Ochs.
  • More episodes are now in the works; the regular scripted episodes are on hiatus, but I am picking up on writing those again. In the meantime, I’m booking interviews with people from Phil’s circle as well as artists who were influenced by Phil. I’m currently editing my interview with SONiA, who did a fabulous tribute album titled Get Your Phil.
  • When I decided to start work on the show, I applied for the Phil Ochs fellowship grant from the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, OK. Unfortunately, my project was not accepted for the grant, but I still plan on researching in the archive when I can pull together the funds to travel there.
  • Since last August, I have been in contact with Sonny Ochs. Well, “in contact” is an understatement. In June I spent about three days at her home in upstate New York.
  • I started a Patreon. If you like my work and want to help support me, becoming a patron will really help. Patrons can access exclusive, behind the scenes content as well as early access to podcast episodes.

Thank you everyone for sticking with me, I will try to start posting regularly again. You can also follow the Celebrating Phil Ochs Twitter account here, which I am much more active on.

Farewells & Fantasies,