Phil Ochs
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"Philip David" ""Phil"" "Ochs" was an United States/American protest song/protest singer (or, as he preferred, a topical song/topical singer) and songwriter who was known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and distinctive voice. He wrote hundreds of songs in the 1960s and '70s and released eight albums.

Ochs performed at many political events during the Counterculture of the 1960s/1960s counterculture era, including Opposition to the Vietnam War/anti-Vietnam War and African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–1968)/civil rights rallies, student events, and Labour movement/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/Town Hall and Carnegie Hall. Politically, Ochs described himself as a "left social democrat" who became an "early revolutionary" after the 1968 Democratic National Convention protest activity/protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago led to a police riot, which had a profound effect on his state of mind.

After years of prolific writing in the 1960s, Ochs's mental stability declined in the 1970s. He eventually succumbed to a number of problems including bipolar disorder and alcoholism, and took his own life in 1976.

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