Perhaps you can see where all this is leading. Ochs, the self-proclaimed singing journalist, never quite made it to the top; as the protest movements of the 60s morphed into more complex, violent and drug-addled scenarios, the earnest performer (who, it later turned out, was the subject of a 400-page FBI dossier) became jaded, cynical and, finally, officially bipolar. In 1976, at the age of 36, he hanged himself.
Theres a story worth telling in Ochss broken life, and thats the premise of Phil Ochs: There But for Fortunei>, a new documentary by Kenneth Bowser; Joan Baez, Tom Hayden, Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow, Christopher Hitchens and Ed Sanders are among the many talking heads appearing in the film. Phil Ochs opens today for a one-week run at the Denver FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue; admission ranges from $7 to $9.75. For more information, go to www.denverfilm.org or call 303-595-3456.
March 4-10, 2011