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If one wanted to own just one album to represent the political-protest folk-song movement of Greenwich Village in the '60s, Phil Ochs' I Ain't Marching Any More is among the best representations of that time and place. Ochs' first album, 1964's All the News That's Fit to Sing, has moments of beauty, but its topicality may be tied too closely to the events of its era for modern listeners. Marching, on the other hand, is mostly still right on target—unfortunately so, in the case of "That's What I Want to Hear," where machines and outsourcing are taking jobs away. "In the Heat of the Summer" is a brilliant lament of the awful conditions that lead to riots. "That Was the President" eulogizes John F. Kennedy with an angry and heartbroken poignancy. "Iron Lady" sketches an ominous portrait of capital punishment, while a version of Ewan MacColl's "Ballad of a Carpenter" tells the story of Jesus' work among the poor. Yet, though the messages are strong, Ochs never forgets that these are songs; the melodies here are among his most enduring.

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I Ain't Marching Anymore

As I spent my 'Nam years in Medical School, safe, protected, and coddled I often would hear the protest songs of Ochs. I loved them all and still do. Even as a Conservative, today, I realize how prescient he was. I was so saddened when he felt the impulse to leave us.

One of the Best Protest Albums Ever

I grew up on this album - like Peter, Paul and Mary and Simon and Garfunkle, I knew every word to every song by the time I was 7. The songs range from timeless protest songs like "I Ain't Marching Anymore" to amazing interpretations such as "The Highwayman." All solo and all acoustic, Phil's talents shine on this album, and the songs, even the ones somewhat dated, are still applicable. All in all, if you like protest, folk-rock, great lyrics and music, and have a social conscious, then this album is for you.

A Classic Album

This is THE masterpiece of protest albums. Phil Ochs' passion and biting political commentary combine to make each song on this album moving and thought provoking. Whether it is Vietnam War protest songs like "I Ain't Marching Anymore" and "Draft Dodger Rag, " or condemnation of violence toward African-Americans in "Here's to the State of Mississippi," Ochs captures and sings the heart of changing America in the mid-1960s. Tragically his life ended way to soon, but this work stands as spectacular legacy of a great singer-song writer.


Born: December 19, 1940 in El Paso, TX

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Phil Ochs is a figure both glorious and tragic who haunts the history of the 1960s folk revival and its aftermath. A topical singer and songwriter in the manner of Lee Hays, Pete Seeger, and Woody Guthrie from the previous generation, he was forever in the shadow of Bob Dylan in terms of the recognition for his music; but unlike Dylan -- who, in retrospect, seemed to approach his work with overpowering facility and talent, but only occasional moments of definable dedication to the causes seemingly...
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