I’m Gonna Say it Now: The Writings of Phil Ochs Edited by David Cohen

Outside of a small circle of friends, it isn’t widely known that Phil Ochs—the influential singer-songwriter who composed some of the most satiric and rousing anthems of the protest movement of the 1960s—was also an accomplished writer and social critic of high seriousness.

Ochs is best remembered now for a handful of songs, from the passionate “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” and “There But for Fortune” to the satiric “Small Circle of Friends.” He’s overdue for a retrospective, and I’m Gonna Say It Now, out in time for what would have been his 80th birthday, is just that: a compendium of Ochs’s writings spanning journalism, reviews, satire, songs, and poems from his military-academy and college days, through his years in New York City and Los Angeles.