Unsung Style Heroes

Meet the Folker

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Phil Ochs rakishly weaves his way through Bleecker Street traffic, N.Y.C., 1967.

One uncharacteristically lucid visual memory from my college days: the vinyl copy of Phil Ochs’s 1967 album Pleasures of the Harbor—featuring the pensive-looking folk singer in tweed newsboy cap, patterned scarf, and scuffed-up utility jacket—that I once spotted resting against an overloaded bookcase in a professor’s office. Suffice it to say that I took several taste cues from this particularly in-the-know teacher; and while it wasn’t until my postgraduate days (and the well-stocked record stores of New York City, R.I.P.) that I was able to track down a copy of my own, Phil Ochs has been a part of my intellectual universe ever since. Not just as a wildly underrated recording artist (both Pleasures and Tape from California are left-field folk classics, in my humble opinion), but also as an unheralded man of style. So when I read about the new Ochs documentary opening tonight in Manhattan, I felt compelled to revisit his inspiring (to me, at least) manner of dress via a quick spin through the photo archives. Enjoy…

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Ochs onstage in a chunky nautical turtleneck, 1966.

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With daughter Meegan on Bleecker Street, N.Y.C., 1967.

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Looking very right-this-moment in full "Pleasures of the Harbor" attire, 1967.

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Ochs attests to the timeless quality of a sports jacket, button-down collar shirt, and dark tie.

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