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In the psychedelic '60s, Arlo Guthrie, son of folk titan Woody Guthrie, emerged as a puckish counterculture icon, largely on the merit of this album and its far-flung title track. Clocking in at 18-plus minutes and eating up the first side of the original vinyl LP, Alice's Restaurant became a staple of freeform radio in the '60s and '70s, a side-splittingly funny, shaggy-dog story that rambled over the Vietnam War, military draft, police harassment and longhairs running afoul of the legal system. Guthrie's superb comedic timing—complete with spaced-out lapses—remains every bit as funny now as it was in 1967. The remaining half-dozen tracks show an ambitious sweep of musical styles, ranging from ragtime-tinged jug band tunes and delicate folk to acid rock.

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A record and song to pass down through the generations, on thanksgiving day

Let no Turkey day pass without listening to the title track, especially with old friends. Please allow the kids to ask all the questions they want about the song and why mom and dad get such pleasure from listening to Woody's boy, Arlo. If you ever find yourself lost in western Massachusetts and come across an archetypical New England colonial village called Springfield, then stop by the Red Lion Inn in the evening and, if you are really lucky, you might just get to see or, better yet, listen to Arlo.

Alice's Restaurant Massacre

Lost the vinyl many years ago. I had forgotten the social history and, more especially, Arlo's skilful and amusing threads running through it all. Fabulous and a must for anyone under 25! Folk music at its best.

My lost youth.

An album from my youth that was so inspirational. Arlo at his best.


Born: 10 July 1947 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Is it possible to be a one-hit wonder three times? The question is provoked by the recording career of Arlo Guthrie, which is best remembered for three songs in three different contexts. There is "The City of New Orleans," Guthrie's only Top 40 hit, which earns him an entry in Wayne Jancik's The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders. There is also "Coming into Los Angeles," which Guthrie sang at the legendary Woodstock music festival, and which featured prominently in both the Woodstock movie and multi-platinum...
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