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Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune 

A documentary about the influential 1960s folk singer

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Kenneth Bowser's film is definitely a worthwhile pick for serious or casual Ochs fans, as well as those interested in folk music and the radical '60s. It reveals the singer-songwriter's appetite for fame, which competed with his quest for social justice, and explores his descent from being a young musician often compared with Bob Dylan to being deeply affected by manic depression. The film draws on footage from Ochs' life and talking-head interviews (many seemingly archival) with friends and colleagues, including Joan Baez, Van Dyke Parks and the late Jerry Rubin. Starts Fri., March 4. Harris



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