MILESAGO - Performance - Tours by International Acts
Compiled by Alan Harvey
Cities, Dates &
Folk/protest, singer/writer Phil Ochs 1972 tour of Australia was probably one of the most interesting in terms of content and lineup. I don't think Australian audiences had ever seen a cartoonist or Woman's Liberationist/Abortion Reformer as a support act!
Ochs was one of the most potent protest singers of the 60's/70's. While he didn't achieve the fame or success of Dylan, Dylan once said of Ochs, "I can't keep up with Phil. And he's getting better and better."
Ochs' songs were less poetic than Dylan's but often more biting and less subtle with titles like, "I Kill Therefore I Am", "Draft Dodger Rag", "White Boots Marching in a Yellow Land". His most famous son was, "I Ain't Marching Anymore". With titles like these you can see why most of his concerts were at universities!
A report from Go-Set
had this to say about his Melbourne concert, "I went along to the
first Melbourne Uni. concert. Jewillian the Mimer and Captain Matchbox
started it all off, followed by Ron Cobb. A quite sincere guy, and apparently
at a loss because of lack of planned illustrations on slides, Ron Cobb
didn't speak much, or well, about his cartooning. He did talk about some
of the subject matter he uses though -- ecology, politics with the help
of the audience who asked questions. Molly Manno didn't appear on the
show as we thought she would. Phil Ochs came on next and seemed almost
a contradiction to Cobb. Ochs is a revolution singer. A very professional,
very good, very genuine singer. He sees the need for a new political group
to come on the scene. A more sober, less crazy group. Ron Cobb talked
earlier about the political and underground scenes in America losing some
of their drive and initial force and enthusiasm. Phil Ochs I'd say is
doing his bit to keep bits of that force alive. He is a singer we haven't
heard much about in Australia probably because the scene he's involved
with doesn't get much publicity out here."
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References / Links
Go-Set magazine, January 1972
The Phil Ochs Homepage
Michael Ochs Archives
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