by the folk singer Phil Ochs
, released posthumously on the Rhino
label in 1990
Late in 1968, Phil Ochs and Allen Ginsberg performed together in Vancouver at some kind of peace and poetry concert, the tapes of which were recently discovered in A&M Records' vaults. Unfortunately, Ginsberg could not recall the concert and there was no information written on the tape boxes. All I know about the show is that it's one of the most intimate performances I've ever heard from my brother.
Phil had just returned from the Chicago Democratic convention, where he had witnessed the death of democracy as he had known it. He claims to be down throughout this performance, but I've seldom heard him more focused. There's not much else for me to say, as the tapes speak eloquently enough.
Enjoy Phil, there and now.
P.S. That's Allen Ginsberg playing the bells behind Phil on "The Bells."
There are more liner notes by Billy Bragg
. You can find some amazing pictures of Ochs and Ginsberg at this concert at the following link: http://www.markandteresa.com/Mark-stuff/Mark-photos/Ginsberg-Ochs/Ginsberg%20Ochs.html
There But for Fortune
Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends
William Butler Yeats Visits Lincoln Park and Escapes Unscathed
Where Were you in Chicago?
The Scorpion Departs but Never Returns
Pleasures of the Harbor
The World Began In Eden And Ended in Los Angeles
I Kill Therefore I Am
The Doll House
I Ain't Marching Anymore