Monday, December 28, 2015
The Berkeley Celebration of Phil Ochs' 75th Birthday "Vic Sadot Concert Window" Live-Stream is now available for viewing at the SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel.
The archived version is 3:51:02, and you can move the playback to what you want to hear. It may take a while depending on the speed of your internet connection. The event was on 12-19-15 in Historic Fellowship Hall of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists in Berkeley, CA. The event was sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee. It was also part of the international movement to increase awareness of Phil Ochs, and to celebrate his music on or near December 19, 2015. The movement was most fortunate to have Shannon Hammock as its spark plug and key organizer on the internet at www.celebratingphilochs.com with associated pages at Facebook. She even organized a tribute CD to Phil with 15 performers.
Hali Hammer kicks off the event with a welcome
and introduces fellow event team organizer and MC #1 Vic Sadot.
The Berkeley Celebration of Phil Ochs' 75th Birthday featured 16 performers who answered the call to sing Phil Ochs songs, tributes, and songs inspired by or saluting Phil's politics. Their photos and bios are posted at the Facebook event page at the start of this paragraph. In this edited version Vic Sadot has spent some hours to remove the set-up time between artists. Also text, photos, links, and credits are edited in. Performer List & Order: #1 Tom Sleckman; #2 Yvette O'tannenbaum; #3 Terry Baird; # Hali Hammer, John Koch and Ronnie London; #5 Richard Ochs; #6 Marcie Boyd; #7 Doug Norman and Scott Weaver; Karl Pascal; #9 Jimmy Kelly; #10 Clyde Leland and Richard McNees; #11 H Nicole Anderson; #12 David "Redd" Welsh; #13 Francis Collins; #14 Molly Thomas; #15 Vic Sadot; #16 Michael Rufo.
At CelebratingPhilOchs dot com you can see the great depth and breadth of the effort around Phil's Dec 19, 2015 birthday. Events were held far and wide in places like Liverpool, Madrid, New York, Columbus, and they are listed at the website. Phil Ochs archives are now housed in The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma where a major event was held on Dec 19 that included the presence of Director Kenneth Bowser and the screening of his documentary film, Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune. Phil's daughter and grandson were there.
Another older website to check out would be NoMoreSongs dot com, the Phil Ochs tribute and memorabilia site set up by his fans. On Facebook, be sure to look for “Celebrating Phil Ochs” and “1,000,000 Strong for Phil Ochs” pages!
A playlist was set up in the "Social Justice in the Heart of Berkeley" YouTube Channel that collects other single song posts from the concert that have been created by other YouTube channels.
Neil Young at the 2013 Farm Aid Concert called Phil Ochs "the greatest American poet of the last century". He sang "Changes" and you can watch that video on YouTube at their channel.
At this time, this is the newest playlist at SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY titled “Berkeley Phil Ochs 75th Birthday Tribute”. The video is set for Creative Commons Copyright to be used with appropriate credits. This is a large file of the highest quality, which made it an hours long upload. We will likely upload a smaller collector's version that might not take so many hours and high speed internet to download it.
Related blogs are the following:
PHIL OCHS FBI FILE by Vic Sadot was first published in 1982 in Broadside Magazine. Re-published at the Official Vic Sadot Website VicSadot.com in 2011.
Berkeley Calling Blog8-07-15: Phil Ochs 1973 Interview Audio to Video Project Gets Promoted at CelebratingPhil Ochs. New Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel post gets promoted by webmaster Shannon Hammock at the new web site to celebrate Phil Ochs’ upcoming 75th birthday on Dec 19, 2015.
Phil Ochs May 1973 Interview by Vic Sadot & Rich Lang (30:10)
Phil Ochs Legacy Lives On In The House of Woody by Vic Sadot 8-10-15 at Broadside Balladeer Blog. “Phil Ochs fans will be happy to know, if they do not know already, that Phil Ochs' legacy will live on in The House of Woody Guthrie in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The placement of Phil Ochs' archives in the Woody Guthrie Center is a wise and wonderful development! Here's a screenshot from the Woody Guthrie Center website.”
Phil Ochs Lyrics byTrent – Probably the most complete and dedicated Ochs chronicler of all.