A beautiful documentary about the late, great folk singer Phil Ochs -- Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune – has its television premiere this coming week on PBS’ American Masters. Locally, WHYY will broadcast Kenneth Bowser’s compelling biography on Monday, Jan. 23, at 10 p.m. Interviewees include Joan Baez, Sean Penn, Pete Seeger, Tom Hayden, Michael Ochs (Phil’s brother and, for a time, his manager) and the late Christopher Hitchens, who speaks with characteristic passion and eloquence about the ‘60s protest singer and folk icon. Ochs, once considered an equal to Bob Dylan, took his life when he was 35 – despondent over the downturn in his career.
If you didn’t see There But for Fortune when it screened at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute last year, now’s your chance. Check out the doc’s official site here.