Arlo Guthrie Overview

Arlo Davy Guthrie (born July 10, 1947) is an American United States folk folk music singer. Like his father, Woody Guthrie, Arlo often sings songs of protest protest song against social injustice. One of Guthrie's works is "Alice's Restaurant Massacree Alice's Restaurant ," a satirical talking blues song of about 18 minutes in length.

 
Guthrie was born in Brooklyn Kings County, New York , New York New York, New York , the son of folk singer and composer Woody Guthrie and his wife Marjorie Mazia Guthrie Marjorie Guthrie . His sister is Nora Guthrie. His mother was a one-time professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company Martha Graham and founder of the Committee to Combat Huntington's Disease, the disease that took Woody's life in 1967. Arlo received religious training for his bar mitzvah from Rabbi Meir Kahane, who would go on to form the Jewish Defense League. "Rabbi Kahane was a really nice, patient teacher," Arlo later recalled, "but shortly after he started giving me my lessons, he started going haywire. Maybe I was responsible." Arlo graduated from the Stockbridge School in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1965, and briefly attended Rocky Mountain College. He received an Honorary Doctoral degree from Westfield State College in 2008.

As a singer, songwriter and lifelong political activist, Arlo carries on the legacy of his legendary father. He was awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience award on September 26, 1992.His most famous work is "Alice's Restaurant Massacree", a talking blues song that lasts 18 minutes and 34 seconds in its original recorded version. Guthrie has pointed out that this was also the exact length of one of the famous gaps in Richard Nixon's Watergate tapes. He has been known to spin the story out to forty-five minutes in concert. The Alice in the song is Alice Brock, who now runs an art gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The song, a bitingly satirical Satire protest against the Vietnam War draft conscription , although Guthrie stated in a 2009 interview with Ron Bennington that Alice's Restaurant is more an "anti-stupidity" song than an anti-war song, is based on a true incident. In the song, Guthrie is called up for a draft examination, and rejected as unfit for military service as a result of a criminal record — consisting in its entirety of a single arrest, court appearance, fine and clean-up order for littering and creating a public nuisance on Thanksgiving Day in 1965, when Arlo was eighteen years old. On the DVD commentary for the film, Guthrie states that the events as presented in the song are true to real-life occurrences.

For a short period of time after its release in 1967, "Alice's Restaurant" was heavily played on U.S. college and counter-culture radio stations. It became a symbol of the late 1960s and for many it defined an attitude and lifestyle that were lived out across the country in the ensuing years. Many stations across the States have made playing "Alice's Restaurant" a Thanksgiving Day tradition.

A 1969 film, directed and co-written by Arthur Penn, was based on the story. In addition to acting in this film, also called Alice's Restaurant Alice's Restaurant (film) , Guthrie has had minor roles in several movies and television series. Guthrie's memorable appearance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival was documented in the Michael Wadleigh film Woodstock Woodstock (film) .In 1972 Guthrie made famous Steve Goodman's song "City of New Orleans City of New Orleans (song) ," a paean to long-distance passenger rail railway travel. Guthrie's first trip on that train was in December 2005 (when his family joined other musicians on a train trip across the country to raise money for musicians financially devastated by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, in the South of the United States). He also had a minor hit with his song "Coming into Los Angeles," which was played at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and success with a live version of "The Motorcycle Song." Guthrie's 1976 album Amigo received a 5-star (highest rating) from Rolling Stone, and may be his best-received work; unfortunately that milestone album, like Guthrie's earlier Warner Brothers albums, is rarely heard today even though each boasts compelling folk and folk rock music accompanied by top-notch musicians such as Ry Cooder.In the fall of 1975 during a benefit concert in Massachusetts, Arlo Guthrie performed with his band Shenandoah in public for the first time. They continued to tour and record throughout the 1970s until the early 1990s. Although the band received good reviews, it never gained the po***rity that Guthrie did while playing solo. They did play many of Guthrie's most famous songs, which were most requested. By this time, Guthrie had developed his own sound in versions of "talking blues" songs. A number of musicians from a variety of genres have joined Guthrie on stage, including Pete Seeger, David Bromberg, Cyril Neville, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Judy Collins, Wesley Gray, Josh Ritter, and others.Though Arlo Guthrie is best known for being a musician, singer, and composer, throughout the years he has also appeared as an actor in films and on television. The film Alice's Restaurant Alice's Restaurant (film) (1969) is his best known role, but he has had small parts in several films and even co-starred in a television drama, Byrds of Paradise.Guthrie endorsed Texas Congressman Ron Paul for the 2008 Republican Party nomination Results of the 2008 Republican presidential primaries . He said, "I love this guy. Dr. Paul is the only candidate I know of who would have signed the Constitution of the United States had he been there. I'm with him, because he seems to be the only candidate who actually believes it has as much relevance today as it did a couple of hundred years ago. I look forward to the day when we can work out the differences we have with the same revolutionary vision and enthusiasm that is our American legacy."Like his father, Woody Guthrie, Guthrie often sings songs of protest protest song against social injustice. He collaborated with poet Adrian Mitchell to tell the story of Chilean folk singer and activist Víctor Jara in song. He regularly performed with folk legend Pete Seeger, one of his father's longtime partners.

In 1991, Guthrie bought the church that had served as Alice and Ray Brock's former home in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and converted it to the , an interfaith meeting place that serves people of all religions.Guthrie and his wife Jackie reside in the Town of Washington, Massachusetts. Guthrie's son Abe Guthrie and his daughters Sarah Lee Guthrie and Cathy Guthrie have also become musicians. Annie Guthrie writes songs and performs, and also takes care of family touring details. Sarah Lee performs and records with her husband Johnny Irion. Cathy plays ukulele in Folk Uke, a group she formed with Amy Nelson, the daughter of Willie Nelson. Abe Guthrie was formerly in a folk-rock band called Xavier, and now tours with his father. Abe Guthrie's son, Krishna, is a drummer and toured with Arlo Guthrie on his European tour in 2006
He is third cousin to Canadian composer and musician Jan Randall.* Alice's Restaurant Alice's Restaurant (album) (1967)
* Arlo Arlo (album) (1968)
* Running Down the Road (1969)
* Alice's Restaurant Soundtrack (1969)
* Washington County Washington County (Arlo Guthrie album) (1970)
* Hobo's Lullaby Hobo's Lullaby (album) (1972)
* Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys (1973)
* Arlo Guthrie Arlo Guthrie (album) (1974)
* Together In Concert (1975)
* Amigo Amigo (Arlo Guthrie album) (1976)
* The Best of Arlo Guthrie (1977)
* One Night (1978)
* Outlasting the Blues (1979)
* Power Of Love (1981)
* Precious Friend (1982)
* Someday (1986)
* All Over the World (1991)
* Son of the Wind (1992)
* 2 Songs (1992)
* More Together Again (1994)
* Alice's Restaurant - The Massacree Revisited (1996)
* Mystic Journey (1996)
* This Land Is Your Land: An All American Children's Folk Classic (1997)
* "BanjoMan - a tribute to Derroll Adams" (2002)
* Live In Sydney (2005)
* In Times Like These (2007)
* 32¢ Postage Due (2008)
* Tales Of '69 (2009)* Alice's Restaurant Alice's Restaurant (film) (1969)
* Renaldo and Clara (1978)
* Baby's Storytime (1989)
* Roadside Prophets (1992)*Beat-Club (episode # 1.52) February 28, 1970
*Byrds of Paradise (1994)
*Relativity December 29, 1996
*Renegade in episode: "Top Ten with a Bullet" (episode # 5.14) January 24, 1997
*The fourth season of "The Muppet Show".*Alice's Restaurant (1969) (song "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree")
*Woodstock Woodstock (film) (1970) (song "Coming Into Los Angeles")
*Clay Pigeon (1971) also known as Trip to Kill (UK)
*Baby's Storytime (1989)*Isn't This a Time! A Tribute Concert for Harold Leventhal (2004)*Mooses Come Walking (2004) (Children's Book)*Hylands hörna (episode # 4.4) January 31, 1970
*Woodstock (1969) (also known as Woodstock 25th Anniversary Edition and as Woodstock, 3 Days of Peace & Music)
*The Dick Cavett Show September 8, 1970
*Arthur Penn 1922-: Themes and Variants (1970) (TV)
*The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson playing "Himself" August 17, 1972
*The Muppet Show (episode # 4.8) June 19, 1979
*The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time! (1982)
*Woody Guthrie: Hard Travelin' (1984)
*Farm Aid '87 (1987) (TV)
*A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly (1988)
*Woodstock: The Lost Performances (1990)
*Woodstock Diary (1994) (TV)
*The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1994) (TV)
*The History of Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 6 (1995) (TV) (also known as My Generation)
*This Land Is Your Land: The Animated Kids' Songs of Woody Guthrie (1997)
*Healthy Kids (1998) (TV series)
*The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack (2000)
*Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) (2000) (TV)
*Last Party 2000 (2001) (also known as The Party's Over)
*Pops Goes the Fourth! (July 4, 2001)
*NPR National Public Radio 's Talk of the Nation radio broadcast (Nov. 14, 2001)
**St. James Infirmary St. James Infirmary Blues alternate lyrics and The City Of New Orleans
*Singing in the Shadow: The Children of Rock Royalty (2003)
*Get Up, Stand Up (2003) (TV series)
*From Wharf Rats to the Lords of the Docks (2004)
*Isn't This a Time! A Tribute Concert for Harold Leventhal (2004)
*1968 with Tom Brokaw (2007)
*Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2008) (American Masters PBS TV special)
 

 

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