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Ochs: US protest singer, songwriter
Adolph Ochs: American
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singer Phil; Publisher Adolph; '60s protest singer Phil; N.Y.
Times patriarch; “Draft Dodger Rag” singer;
3 times a year
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Video: Phil Ochs – I
ain’t marching anymore
outside the guidelines of the official umpires and make your own
rules and your own reality ~ Phil Ochs
David Ochs (December 19, 1940–April 9, 1976) was a U.S.
protest singer (or, as he preferred, a "topical singer"),
songwriter, musician, journalist and recording artist who was
known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism,
political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and
haunting voice. He wrote hundreds of songs in the 1960s and
released eight LP record albums in his lifetime.
Ochs in concert, May 25, 1973 in Ann Arbor, Michigan
performed at many political events, including anti-Vietnam War
and civil rights rallies, student events, and organized labor
events over the course of his career, in addition to many concert
appearances at such venues as New York City's The Town Hall and
Carnegie Hall. Politically, Ochs described himself as a "left
social democrat" who turned into an "early
revolutionary" after the 1968 Democratic National Convention
in Chicago, which had a profound effect on his state of mind. He
was often seen as a radical and also a patriot — though he
was also interested in differing political philosophies as well
as journalism, and was an avid fan of music and movies.
years of prolific writing in the 1960s, Ochs' mental stability
declined in the 1970s and eventually he succumbed to a number of
problems including manic depression and alcoholism, and he took
his own life in 1976.
of his major influences were Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Buddy
Holly, Elvis Presley, Bob Gibson, Faron Young, Merle Haggard,
John Wayne, and John F. Kennedy. His best known songs include
"Power and the Glory", "Draft Dodger Rag",
"What's That I Hear", "There But for Fortune",
"Changes", "Crucifixion", "The War Is
Over", "When I'm Gone", "Love Me I'm a
Liberal", "Links on the Chain", "Ringing of
Revolution", "Outside of a Small Circle of Friends",
"One More Parade" and "I Ain't Marching Anymore".
Simon Ochs (b. March 12, 1858–April 8, 1935) was an
American newspaper publisher and former owner of The New York
Times and The Chattanooga Times (now the Chattanooga Times Free
was born to German-Jewish immigrants, Julius and Bertha Levy
Ochs, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The family moved south to Knoxville,
Tennessee due to his mother's sympathies during the Civil War.
Julius sided with the Union during the war, but it didn't
separate the household. Ochs began his newspaper career there at
age 11, leaving grammar school to become an apprentice
typesetter, known in that era as a "printer's devil".
He worked at the Knoxville Chronicle under Captain William Rule,
the editor who became his mentor. His siblings also worked at the
newspaper to supplement their father's income, a lay rabbi for
Knoxville's small Jewish community. The Knoxville Chronicle was
the only Republican, pro-Reconstruction, newspaper in the city,
but Ochs counted Father Ryan, the Poet-Priest of the Confederacy,
among his customers.
1884, Ochs married Effie Wise, the daughter of Rabbi Isaac Mayer
Wise of Cincinnati, who was the leading exponent of Reform
Judaism in America and the founder of Hebrew Union College. His
only daughter, Iphigene Bertha Ochs, married Arthur Hays
Sulzberger, who became publisher of the Times after Adolph died.
Her son-in-law Orvil Dryfoos was publisher from 1961–63,
followed by her son Arthur Ochs "Punch" Sulzberger. Her
daughter, Ruth Holmberg, became publisher of The Chattanooga
Times. Ochs' great-grandson Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. has been
publisher of The New York Times since 1992.
1904, Ochs moved the Times to a newly-built building on Longacre
Square in Manhattan, which the City of New York then renamed as
Times Square. On New Year's Eve 1904, Ochs had pyrotechnists
illuminate his new building at One Times Square with a fireworks
show from street level.
of his nephews, Julius Ochs Adler, worked at the Times for more
than 40 years, becoming general manager in 1935, after Ochs died.
Another, John Bertram Oakes, the son of his brother George
Washington Ochs Oakes, became editorial page editor of the Times'
editorial page in 1961, which he edited until 1976.
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