The 5pm Post – DC Music Salon. “Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune” (February 8, 7-9pm, 7th & R, NW)

From an email:

DC music lovers,
Join us for the documentary “Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune” on Wednesday, February 8, 7-9pm. Folksinger “Phil Ochs is a figure both glorious and tragic who haunts the history of the 1960s” ( “An unbelievable story of a true believer… one of the greatest the most passionate voices of the 1960’s was the first to be forgotten” (

Unlike the artists we’ve studied in our previous Salons, Ochs’ connection to DC is more tenuous — but this film’s incredible telling of his singular talent and tragic life make it essential viewing. As late as 1964, Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs were considered by many to be equals; Dylan famously chose rock ‘n’ roll, while Ochs stayed the narrow path of protest music. Sadly, Ochs has been largely been written out of history, but his music and spirit live in the countless artists and activists he inspired. This great documentary helps explain why. And we’ll go one step further in discussion before and after as we’ll be joined by Ochs expert Jeff Place — archivist for the Smithsonian Folklife Collections, Grammy winner and producer/writer of “Anthology of American Folk Music” and “Best of Broadside.”

Jeff’s full bio here,
Film trailer here,

Wednesday, February 8 – Phil Ochs, from 7-9pm at the beautiful Watha T. Daniel Library in Shaw, 1630 7th St NW. Facebook,, is the best way to learn more about DC Music Salon and upcoming events.

4 Comment

  • A great film. If you have any interest in contemporary folk music, rock music history, or protest movements, you should see this film.

  • That’s the same night, time, and area as the Shaw Art Walk. Ouch. From renewshaw: …“Shaw Art Walk,” a rare evening tour of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center’s extensive art collection and open houses at six notable galleries. This special event will take place on Wednesday, February 8th beginning at 6:30 p.m.

  • Holy cow, it’s the soundtrack of my childhood.

  • Excellent film about a fascinating musician. The discussion should be great, too…

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