Archive for October, 2008

Max Ochs – “Hooray For Another Day”

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Max Ochs.

Cousin of Phil Ochs.


Schoolmate of John Fahey and Robbie Basho.

Friend of Mississippi John Hurt and Skip James.

Social Activist.

Takoma and Fonotone Recording Artist.

Composer of the tune “Imaginational Anthem”.

Hooray For Another Day. Out November 18th.

Maryland’s Max Ochs recorded two influential guitar pieces on a long out-of-print Takoma LP, ‘Contemporary Guitar Spring ‘67′, alongside tracks by John Fahey, Bukka White, Robbie Basho and Harry Taussig. ‘Hooray For Another Day’ contains exciting new instrumental works from this American Primitive master, including a new take on Fahey’s arrangement of “In Christ There Is No East or West”. The disc also contains several spoken word poems, one entitled “Phil”, for Max’s cousin, the late folk legend Phil Ochs. Max’s tune “Imaginational Anthem” inspired the guitar compilation series of the same name on Tompkins Square. This album is a stirring personal statement from an overlooked yet vital American artist.

Enter To Win a signed copy of Max Ochs’ recording debut – an insanely rare 1967 Takoma label compilation LP also featuring John Fahey, Harry Taussig, Robbie Basho and Bukka White. Answers to the following questions can be found in the liner notes of Max’s new album, ‘Hooray For Another Day’. Send them in to by Dec 31, 2008.

1) What rock group was Max a member of in the 60’s ?
2) Raga Puti was a favorite peace song of whom ?
3) Besides Takoma, what storied label did Max also record for in the 60’s ?
4) Who co-wrote “Stranger” ?