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Death of a Rebel: A Biography of Phil Ochs

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This controversial biography has become a primary reference on the life & times of Phil Ochs, student activist, journalist, 60s rebel, social commentator, street socialist, poet, pop star & disturbed child of an America gone war & assassination-crazy.
Altho his recordings were never bestsellers & there were times when he was more greatly appreciated in the
Published February 3rd 1991 by Random House (first published 1979)
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Erik Graff
Feb 24, 2011 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ochs, folk & protest music fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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Two substantial biographies have been published about the life of Phil Ochs, this being the earlier, but it was revised and updated in a subsequent 1989 edition.

I was introduced to the music and lyrics of Ochs by my father and WFMT's "Midnight Special" program in the early sixties. Making my first true friends in high school, I found a community which included others familiar with that program and with Ochs and his associates from NY's Greenwich Village and later Chicago's Gate of Horn days: Dav
Jan 08, 2008 Thomas rated it really liked it
Though there are now a few pretty good Phil Ochs bios out there, this one is a good introduction to the man. Others might have a bit too much detail for the average joe, especially those not familiar with the life and music of Mr. Ochs. He was taking risks when others played it safe (Dylan, i'm looking at you!) He took chances, said what he had to say....and his world crumbled....hanging himself in 1976 in Far Rockaway, Queens. One of the most beautiful tragic souls to ever swim through the sewe ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, music
I read this book in 2-1/2 days! Absolutely engrossing. Eliot deftly handles difficult aspects of Phil's life, personality and legacy. In no way a hagiography, this biography of what Eliot calls Ochs's "life and times" deals with Phil's misogyny & chauvinism, paranoia, mental illness and alcoholism, while at the same time revealing Phil as an idealistic (though flawed) and, at times, success-hungry artist and performer. I was afraid I would end up hating Phil Ochs after reading about his many ...more
Benjamin Potash
Jun 08, 2011 Benjamin Potash marked it as to-read
I'm very excited about this gift from my dad. I LOVE Phil and while his life-story is difficult, I also find it really inspiring.
Steph (loves water)
Engrossing and heartbreaking. I enjoyed this but it brought me to tears, and I hate crying.
Dixie Diamond
Nov 12, 2007 Dixie Diamond rated it really liked it
An interesting biography that tries to be kind to Ochs without stooping to slavish admiration.
Mar 25, 2009 Megan rated it liked it
This was a good book about one of my heroes.
Sep 29, 2009 Brian rated it really liked it
phil ochs was awesome.
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