BOOK REVIEW: “Did It! Jerry Rubin: An American Revolutionary” by Pat Thomas

Multiple pages are devoted to folk singer Phil Ochs’ link to Rubin and how the clash in Chicago during the Democratic convention really had a serious impact on Ochs, with him cutting back on live performances and becoming convinced that the Yippies were incapable of really “provoking any kind of change in the status quo.” The topical troubadour would tell the media that America died in Chicago and that a “fascist military state” had arisen out of Chicago’s ashes. Ochs’ mental state would take a major dive by the time the 1970’s rolled around, with the civil-rights movements and social-justice movements having splintered into  factions and fallen apart as a generation became worn out and even Bob Dylan was turning inward and living in the country.

Rubin lamented Ochs’ death by suicide, stating that “What makes you angy about Phil’s death … here’s this nonviolent person, who sang about nonviolence, his life was a statement for nonviolence, who dies by hanging himself. It doesn’t make any sense.” And Rubin was not alone in sharing that opinion.

 

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One thought on “BOOK REVIEW: “Did It! Jerry Rubin: An American Revolutionary” by Pat Thomas

  1. I can understand Jerry Rubin’s feelings of anger in reaction to Phil Ochs’ death and how he died. What I know is that a lot of the time when people care very deeply about things, especially others’ suffering as in social injustice, which they cannot alleviate, they take out their anger on themselves.

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