Broadside Balladeer Blog – “Phil Ochs Highlighted in Smithsonian Folkways Collection” – A “No More Songs” email alert about a new article by Ronald D. Cohen called “Peace Songs of the 1960s” inspired this nostalgic and historical Broadside Balladeer blog about the Smithsonian Museum Folkways Collection, meeting and interviewing Phil Ochs in May of 1973, working with Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen of Broadside magazine, the 1977 “Broadside Balladeer” tribute song, and the 1982 article on “Phil Ochs FBI File” in Broadside Magazine.
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Americans from childhood are fed a diet of bullshit that carries on into adulthood. One of these bullshit myths concerns Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated by the US government, and not by a lone gunman, on April 4th of 1968.
Exactly one year to the day prior to that event, April 4th of 1967, Dr. King gave the most political and controversial speech of his life.