Phil Ochs was born on this day in 1940, beginning a turbulent but highly creative life that ended in 1976 in suicide. Here he is performing “I Ain’t Marching Any More.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.