Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bios of Speakers for "Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune"

Here is information on the two speakers who will discuss Phil Ochs and his times after the 2 p.m. screening of "Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune" this Sunday, June 12, at Hebrew Union College in Clifton. If you want to attend, advance reservations are recommended as the auditorium's capacity is 100. Just message and we'll be in touch.


Anne Arenstein, a freelance arts writer and educator whose outlets include CityBeat, first heard Phil Ochs as a summer camper in the mid 1960s. When WEBN first went on the air, Ochs' music was regularly heard and she is probably the source for the hundreds of requests announcers received to play "Crucifixion" (even after she had the LP). She believes his words were always powerfully expressed, in vivid imagery and mordant irony, and his musical sense was perfectly attuned to the lyrics, even when he set the words of others, as he did in The Highwayman. And nothing since equals "Crucifixion"...Dylan doesn't come close.

Don Mooney is a Cincinnati attorney who has been a local political activist and occasional contributor to the Cincinnati Enquirer and Post for more than 40 years. Mooney was involved in several organizations and political campaigns focused on ending the War in Vietnam during the late 1960s and 1970s, including a local organizing role as a high school leader of the Presidential campaign of Eugene McCarthy in 1968; and a student leader at the University of Notre Dame for George McGovern's 1972 Presidential campaign. Mooney was in Chicago as an anti-war activist for the 1968 Democratic Convention and, in later years, attended Democratic National Conventions as an elected delegate in 1980, 1984, 1988 and 2008.