Phil Ochs Steve Lake - Essay

Steve Lake

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[The track on Ochs' first album, "All the News That's Fit To Sing,"] that attracted the most attention was "Lou Marsh," a sombre ballad relating the life and death of one Lou March, a New York Youth Board worker killed while trying to prevent a gang war.

Pete Seeger described the song's chorus as being the best he's ever heard in a topical song, while Sing Out magazine decreed that the album "will be as important in 1964 as Bob Dylan's 'Freewheelin'' album was in 1963."

It wasn't to be however, although it did bring Phil's work to the notice of other contemporary singer songwriters, and Joan Baez was later to take Phil's "There But For Fortune," and make that song his biggest...

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