Arlo Guthrie

Folk Singer + Activist
Born Jul 10, 1947

Arlo Davy Guthrie is an American folk singer. Like his late father, Woody Guthrie, Arlo is known for singing songs of protest against social injustice. One of Guthrie's better-known works is "Alice's Restaurant Massacree", a satirical talking blues song about 18 minutes in length.… Read More

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1947 Birth Born on July 10, 1947.


1965 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Guthrie attended Woodward School in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn from first through eighth grades and later graduated from the Stockbridge School, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in 1965. … Read More
1967 19 Years Old 1 More Event
"Alice's Restaurant" was the song that earned Guthrie his first recording contract, after counterculture radio host Bob Fass began playing a tape recording of one of Guthrie's live performances of the song repeatedly one night in 1967. … Read More


On the DVD commentary for the 1969 movie, Guthrie stated that the events presented in the song all actually happened (others, such as the arresting officer, William Obanhein, disputed this, and Guthrie now notes that he embellished some minor details).
1975 27 Years Old In the fall of 1975 during a benefit concert in Massachusetts, Arlo Guthrie performed with his band Shenandoah in public for the first time. … Read More
1976 28 Years Old Guthrie's 1976 album Amigo received a 5-star (highest rating) from Rolling Stone, and may be his best-received work. … Read More


1979 32 Years Old …  However, he apparently regarded himself as more an individualist than the major youth culture spokesperson he had been regarded as by the media, as evidenced by the lyrics in his 1979 song "Prologue": "I can remember all of your smiles during the demonstrations,... and together we sang our victory songs though we were worlds apart."
1984 37 Years Old In 1984, he was the featured celebrity in George McGovern's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in Guthrie's home state of Massachusetts, performing at rallies and receptions.


2008 61 Years Old 1 More Event
Guthrie identified as a registered Republican in 2008.
2016 69 Years Old Commenting on the upcoming 2016 election, Guthrie identifed himself as an independent and said he was "equally suspicious of Democrats as I am of Republicans". … Read More
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