There but for fortune: the life of Phil Ochs

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Hyperion, Sep 1, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 386 pages
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The definitive account of famed folksinger and political activist Phil Ochs. Twenty years ago, after a long block with writer's block and manic depression, Phil Ochs took his own life. His music had been a spark firing '60s political idealism, and his death signaled the end of an era. Published to coincide with a national tour commemorating the 20th anniversary of his death, this is both an indepth biography and a significant musical history.

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User Review  - Louise - Goodreads

I had wondered why this exceptional songwriter's career never took off. Now that I know about his life, I'm amazed that it got as far as it did. This book tells the Phil Ochs story starting with the ... Read full review

Review: There but for Fortune: The Life of Phil Ochs

User Review  - Jenna - Goodreads

The first half of the book reads a bit too much like a lame lesson in the 60s, I wish Schumacher had more anecdotes and Phil Ochs related information but maybe it's just not out there... The second ... Read full review


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MICHAEL SCHUMACHER is the author of five books, including biographies of Allen Ginsberg, Phil Ochs, and Eric Clapton. He lives in Wisconsin.

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