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 […]

Sean Hannity, Russell Brand, and the meaning of violence

This is probably not the last thoughts on violence that will pour out, and some passion is always involved when speaking of such issues. I have recently been sent a video about a ‘powerful’ response by Russell Brand to Sean Hannity from the Fox News. Certainly most people don’t even watch Fox News, and rightly so if Hannity is to be taken as a representative. Yet, there has been an interesting development that is troubling […]