Phil Ochs – When in Rome (+ guitar chords)

This very well may be one of the most violent lyrics in music, but Phil Ochs as a 68’er, can only be understood through an understanding of those events. He was not a prophetic writer as for instance noted by Peter Yarrow (as quoted from the documentary There But for Future), he was writing in protest! Understanding the violence in these lyrics is to understand the violence that Phil Ochs, and most of his contemporaries, were enduring. Although most of us have […]

Phil Ochs – Changes (+ guitar chords)

In an interview in 1967, Phil Ochs is introduced in a peculiar way. The hostess of ‘Come, read to me a poem’ summarizes Ochs by saying: “Much of the poetry written today, is the poetry written as music … much of that music has beautiful words to it too”. And isn’t that the case with this particular ‘poem’. Phil Ochs was more than just a musician, he was a 68’er. This is not recognized by Anglo-Saxons […]