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Rated NR · 96 min. · 2011


This insightful documentary wastes no time in exploring the complexities of Phil Ochs, the troubled and tragic New York songwriter who far outstrips Bob Dylan as the paragon of protest. Instantly we learn of his thematic quibbles with Dylan, his close friend; his concern for how liberals ruined progressive politics—and how that idea has persevered; and how he recognized that ruffling political and social feathers was more than a passion, it was a job. Swapping hagiography and talking heads for a look at a musician that offers both critical commentary and, hey, lots of music, Kenneth Bowser's film delivers new perspectives for those already familiar with Ochs, while serving as a valuable introduction for newcomers.
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Director: Kenneth Bowser
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