Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center Presents
A Small Circle of Friends Celebrate Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday
Sunday December 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by Ross Altman
At Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
DATELINE, Venice, CA; Phil Ochs was born December 19, 1940, 75 years ago this year. This coming December 20 at 7:00 PM Ross Altman and a small circle of friends and family will gather at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center to celebrate his legacy of singing truth to power as the most eloquent voice of the antiwar movement of the 1960’s. From the time he declared I Ain’t Marching Anymore in 1965 to the moment he sang I Declare the War Is Over—before the Vietnam War was really over Phil Ochs set the standard for protest songs in a new era—standing up for racial equality (Too Many Martyrs), peace (Cops of the World), the invisible and forgotten (Flower Lady) and the Other America of poverty and neglect (Christmas in Kentucky).
Phil Ochs was the first to bring to light the CIA’s involvement in the murder of fellow folk singer Victor Jara of Chile through Pinochet’s coup against Salvador Allende—at the benefit concert he organized in NYC’s MSG; he testified at the Chicago 8 Trial, after rallying with song the nonviolent protesters in Lincoln Park at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago; he helped Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin organize the Yippies; and most importantly he raised the level of protest music with his great quip “Ah, but in such an ugly time the true protest is beauty,” never allowing his songs to become a part of what he disparaging called “newspaper editorials set to music.” There But for Fortune set a new standard.
Phil Ochs songs survive today as great works of art that have stood the test of time—both timely and timeless. On the day following what would have been his 75th birthday what better way to celebrate than to sing them out with the truth and beauty they captured indelibly during a decade of change? Join us!