Phil Ochs’ Another Age: Still Relevant

“Another Age” is one of Phil’s later songs, appearing on his Rehearsals for Retirementalbum. Most obviously, it speaks to the social upheavals of the 1960’s, but I recognize it also speaks to many problems that remain wit us today: the growth of totalitarian regimes, the trauma of war, social injustice and inequality in many forms, and the virtual abandonment of our aging population, especially if they don’t have the funds and resources to provide for a tolerable retirement. Unlike my other slideshows on Phil—Cross My HeartPhil and Chicago 1968, and The Scorpion Departs But Never Returns—this one consciously tries to explore the continued relevance to the modern world. I am sure you could compile a slideshow that remained fixed in the immediate historical context of the song, probably written in 1968, but that is not what I was trying to do here.

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