Phil Ochs Makes a Comeback


“One good song with a message can bring a point more deeply to more people than a thousand rallies.” – Phil Ochs, 1962 WC’s all time favorite folksinger, Phil Ochs, is making a comeback. Ochs and his amazing songs seem to make a comeback whenever American politics get especially dark. This is the man, after all, who sang, And the speeches…

R.I.P. Leonard Cohen, 1935-2016


In the late 1960s, Judy Collins, for whatever reason, came to Fairbanks, Alaska and did a performance at Patty Gym at the University of Alaska, the largest venue in Fairbanks at the time. The first song was her hit cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne.” After singing it, accompanying herself on the piano, she said, “I love Leonard…

Jackson Browne's Guitars, Vema Morrison Auditorium, Boise. Photo by Mrs. WC.

Jackson Browne in Boise


WC’s buddy, Joe, has a younger brother. We’ll call him A.D. WC was visiting Joe at his family’s home once, in 1969 or 1970, and A.D. had the headphones on. WC asked A.D. how it was going, and he answered, “Not so hot, but Jackson Browne makes it tolerable.” And there isn’t an idealistic, reflective…

Biko


Stephen Bantu Biko was an African leader under apartheid in South Africa. He founded the Black Consciousness Movement which helped empower and mobilize much of the urban black population against apartheid. After his murder while in police custody, he became a martyr of the anti-apartheid movement September ’77 Port Elizabeth weather fine It was business as usual In police room 619 Oh Biko,…