Broadside Ballads, Vol. 11: Interviews With Phil Ochs

“It is dangerous to be a protest singer” writes Broadside Magazine publisher Gordon Friesen in the liner notes to this album. This 1968 series of interviews with folk singer Phil Ochs was released following Ochs’ suicide in 1976. Ochs discourses at length on the state of American folk and pop music, the impact of the migration of folk musicians from New York to Los Angeles and the West Coast, his reflections on Bob Dylan, his bitterness about being excluded from performing at the Woody Guthrie tribute in 1968, and a dim awareness of the beginnings of his depression. The liner notes contain a transcript of one of the interviews with Israel “Izzy” Young, also conducted in 1968 following the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Available from Folkways.

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