But there's a story behind Del And Woody , a collection of Woody Guthrie lyrics set to music by Del McCoury—and while its dozen songs speak eloquently for themselves, knowing how they came to be adds a dimension that's sure to deepen every listener's enjoyment.
Though it took the process years to come to fruition the result is an album that really transcends the concept of collaboration. For while Del McCoury is not quite of Guthrie's generation, these two American masters share an unsurpassed breadth of experience, outlook, shared interests and common backgrounds. So what you hear is the simple and easy unity of these two artists.
As Nora Guthrie says, "It sounds as if these lyrics and melodies have been around together forever, or as Pete Seeger says, 'that's genius'. They dug deep into the story behind the original and concerts — working with the original reel to reel concert tapes and concert scripts, business letters, and personal stories — they recreate and recount how, when and why these early tribute concerts are still important and reveal how they had such an impact on those who attended.
But simplicity is not the same thing as innocence. Although times have changed, in many ways for the better, not so the good and evil, bravery and cowardice, generosity and injustice that Woody and his friends and followers sang about.
What is so striking in these recordings, above and beyond the politics and musical styles, is the timelessness of what Woody was getting at in his deceptively simple art.
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Years after his death, it was revealed that the FBI had a file of nearly pages on Ochs. Congresswoman Bella Abzug Democrat from New York , an outspoken anti-war activist herself who had appeared at the "War is Over" rally, entered this statement into the Congressional Record on April 29, Speaker, a few weeks ago, a young folksinger whose music personified the protest mood of the s took his own life.
Phil Ochs—whose original compositions were compelling moral statements against the war in Southeast Asia—apparently felt that he had run out of words. While his tragic action was undoubtedly motivated by terrible personal despair, his death is a political as well as an artistic tragedy. I believe it is indicative of the despair many of the activists of the s are experiencing as they perceive a government that continues the distortion of national priorities that is exemplified in the military budget we have before us.
Phil Ochs's poetic pronouncements were part of a larger effort to galvanize his generation into taking action to prevent war, racism, and poverty. He left us a legacy of important songs that continue to be relevant in —even though "the war is over".
Just one year ago—during this week of the anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War—Phil recruited entertainers to appear at the "War is Over" celebration in Central Park, at which I spoke. It seems particularly appropriate that this week we should commemorate the contributions of this extraordinary young man.
Robert Christgau, who had been so critical of Pleasures of the Harbor and Ochs's guitar skills eight years earlier, wrote warmly of Ochs in his obituary in The Village Voice. Over 40 years after his death, Ochs's songs remain relevant. There are mailing lists and online discussion groups dedicated to Ochs and his music;   websites that have music samples, photographs, and other links;   and articles and books continue to be written and published about him.
Phil Ochs's commitment to fighting against the Vietnam War started early. In , Phil Ochs performed his song Talking Vietnam Blues, "the first protest song to directly refer to Vietnam by name. His sister, Sonny Ochs Tanzman , runs a series of "Phil Ochs Song Nights" with a rotating group of performers who keep Ochs's music and legacy alive by singing his songs in cities across the U.
Phil Ochs was among hundreds of artists whose recordings were destroyed in the Universal fire. In , Kind Of Like Spitting released an album, Learn: The Songs of Phil Ochs , consisting of covers of nine songs written by Ochs, to pay tribute to his music and raise awareness of the artist, whom they felt had been overlooked. Bush era. In , Neil Young performed "Changes" at Farm Aid   and included it in his tour set;   it also is the lead track on A Letter Home , his album of covers.
I grew up with Phil Ochs songs. I love his topical songs—and I also like his songs that are not political. He was always really good no matter what he was doing. On learning of Ochs's death, Tom Paxton wrote a touching song titled "Phil", which he recorded for his album Heroes. Leslie Fish recorded "Chickasaw Mountain", which is dedicated to Ochs, on her album of that name.
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Everything about this piece of art is brilliant, from the music on the CDs, to the reprints of Guthrie's drawings, to the liner notes, to the narrative of Guthrie's life offered up by Robert Santelli. It's all here. All the album covers and music. All the sketches and edits. Here's a photo of Guthrie singing on a New York subway train. Here's an oil on canvas painting of Abraham Lincoln he painted.
Here's how the Smithsonian pitches the book—what a complete undersell:. The Smithsonian calls Guthrie "ordinary, yet extraordinary—a traveler, itinerant worker, radio performer, military enlistee, thinking man, talented visual artist, husband and father, and prolific writer" who "struggled with family tragedies, poverty and personal demons. Everyone listens to music differently, but when I listen to Guthrie I feel like I'm listening to radio news broadcasts from a different era.
It transports me back in time. Again, it's a welcomed gift. This is what we think of Guthrie now. All those songs. All that traveling. Tom Joad Part 2.
Take a Whiff on Me. Goodnight Irene. Foggy, Foggy Dew. Strange Fruit. Jack O' Diamonds. Dear Mr. Rock Island Line. Henry Lee. Dry Bones. Black, Brown and White. Banks Are Made of Marble. On Top of Old Smokey. Keep on the Sunny Side. Eisenhower Blues. Pick a Bale of Cotton. White House Blues. Old Blue. Ezekiel Saw the Wheel.Woody Guthrie And American Folk Giants The Seeger Sessions / American Land Edition [CD+DVD] Bruce Springsteen. out of 5 stars Audio CD. £ I've Got a Right. by Laura Duncan. I've Got a Right5/5(3).