I'm Gonna Say It Now: The Writings of Phil Ochs

I'm Gonna Say It Now: The Writings of Phil Ochs


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Phil Ochs is known primarily as a songwriter; however, his oeuvre extends far beyond that—to short stories, poetry, criticism, journalism, and satire, all of which are included in I'm Gonna Say It Now: The Writings of Phil Ochs, which represents the majority of what Ochs wrote outside of his large circle of songs. This comprehensive tome presents another side of the famous topical songwriter, showcasing his prose and poetry from across the full span of his life.

From prizewinning stories and clear-eyed reporting while a journalism major in college to music criticism, satires, and political pieces written while part of the burgeoning folk scene of New York City in the early 1960s and during the tumultuous Vietnam War era; from sharp and lyrical poems (many previously unpublished) to reviews, features, and satires written while living in Los Angeles and the final, elegiac coda writings from near the end of his life—I’m Gonna Say It Now presents the complete picture.

The book includes many rare or nearly impossible to find Ochs pieces, as well as previously unpublished works sourced from the unique holdings in the Ochs Archives at the Woody Guthrie Center. Additionally, never-before-seen reproductions from Ochs’s journals, notebooks, and manuscripts provide a closer look at the hand of the artist, giving a deeper context and understanding to his writings. Never before published photographs of Ochs bestow the visual cherry on top.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493051472
Publisher: Backbeat
Publication date: 12/01/2020
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 131,769
Product dimensions: 1.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Phil Ochs was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1940. After attending Staunton Military Academy, Ochs became political while a journalism major at Ohio State University. Forsaking his college degree, Ochs moved to New York City in 1962 to join the burgeoning folk scene. Most well known as a topical singer-songwriter, Ochs was also an anti–Vietnam War and civil rights activist, performing at countless rallies, benefits and marches (authoring the seminal anti-war song "I Ain't Marching Anymore"). Ochs recorded three albums for Elektra Records before moving westward to Los Angeles and A&M Records. Ochs died, by his own hand, in Far Rockaway, Queens, in 1976.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Acknowledgments xix

Staunton Military Academy 1

The Fight 1

White Milk to Red Wine 2

Out of the Archives (Staunton Military Academy) 3

The Ohio State University 5

Politics 5

Narrow View 5

Disalle, Law Students Debate

Capital Punishment Question 7

Views Disarmament As Benefit To U.S.,

Russians, Poor Nations 9

Civil Liberties Groups Organized on Campus 11

Samuel Farber 13

Thursday Afternoon, August 31, 1961, Haiti,

Tom Bourelly, Speaker 15

Rodrigo Alamos 17

A Critique of the Sessions 19

Red Party Defended by Youth Organizer 20

One Version of Why and How Nehru Did

What He Did to Seize Goa 22

Over Billion Wasted on CD, Young Says 24

Stradley Body Bars Defender 25

Discussion of Constitution Submitted to Steeb Hall 26

Satire 27

Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right 27

How Green was My Gamboling 30

Letter to be Read by Jack Parr on His

"Letter From Camp" Department 33

Only in Cuba; or, Listen Ohio Staters 34

Gone with the Wind, Jr 38

Science for Idiots 43

Journalism 46

11 Afrotc Instructors Maintain Flight Status 46

See Airplane Land on Oval, One of 20,000 Photos Here 48

Here Comes the Smut, Martha 49

The New Kingston Trio 51

Play Reflects Thurber Wit 54

Moots Tells Reporter of Year in Office 55

Segovia Plays to Enthralled, Pleased Fans 57

Derby Presents Abstract Plays 58

Pianist Gets Top Applause 59

Masters of Deceit 60

Williams Risked His Hands as Partner For Johansson 62

Out of the Archives (Ohio State University) 64

New York City 67

Topical Songs and Music Criticism 67

The Need for Topical Music 67

The Guthrie Legacy 69

Requiem for a Hootenanny 73

The Art of Bob Dylan's "Hattie Carroll" 76

The Year of the Topical Song 78

Buffy Sainte-Marie-It's My Way 81

Paths of Victory, Hamilton Camp 82

Broadside Singers (Liner Notes) 83

Songs of Phil Ochs-Introduction 86

Topical Songs-History on the Spot 87

An Open Letter from Phil Ochs to Irwin Silber,

Paul Wolfe, and Joseph R. Levine 91

I Ain't Marching Anymore (Liner Notes) 94

I Ain't Marching Anymore (Song Notes) 96

Son of "My Back Pages" 99

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Eric Andersen 101

The Ballad of Gordon Lightfoot 102

Ochs: It Ain't Me, Babe 104

Topical Songs and Folksinging, 1965 106

Tim Hardin-The Singer's Singer 109

Man Against Music 112

Changes (Liner Notes) 116

Satire 117

An Interview by Fans in the Underground of Greenwich Village 117

The Songs of Phil Ochs 121

Revolt on the Campus; or How I Learned to Love the Folk Scene and Stop Worrying About Music 122

Newport: Short Hot Summer 125

The Newport Fuzz Festival 126

That Was The Year That Weren't 129

Out of the Archives (New York City) 132

The War Is Over 137

Have Faith, The War Is Over 137

Have You Heard? The War Is Over 140

Poems 143

Love Is A Rainbow 143

And Here Comes David Blue 144

The California Christmas Sun 145

Che Guevara Just Cannot Be True 147

Cobbwebs 148

Coming Attractions 149

The Critic 150

Encores 151

The Great Post Office Robbery 153

Griffith 155

Happy New Year 1968 158

Letters to the Editor 160

The Nude Model Paints the Foppish Bohemian Artist 161

Oliver Bubbles and His Notes from a New America 162

On Robert Kennedy 170

Poor Zalman, or the Failure of the Jew in American Society 172

Talking Chicago Jail Blues 173

The Torture Garden 175

The Underwater Schoolroom Is Fond of Fire 177

Virtue 178

Who Was That Man in the Gold Lame Suit 182

I Will Not Hurt You 183

Out of the Archives (Poems) 185

Los Angeles 205

Phil Ochs Discusses Politics of Songwriting 205

Pleasures of the Harbor (Liner Notes) 207

James Dean Lives in Indiana 208

Tape from California (Liner Notes) 211

Rehearsals for Retirement (Liner Notes) 212

Leaving Darwin 213

The Last Ten Best List 216

Mike Mazurki's Spot 219

Requiem for a Dragon Departed 225

Opposes Pot Decriminalization, Freep Press Passes 231

Brezhnev on TV. Let's Make a Deal 239

Will Elliot Richardson Be Our Next President? 242

Out of the Archives (Los Angeles) 247

Coda 269

Soho Bar Attacked 269

The Sale of One City 270

Save New York City 271

Out of the Archives (Coda) 273

Footnotes to History 279

Index 289

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