Arlo Guthrie
American folk singer, activist
Arlo Guthrie
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.
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What to Watch Thursday
NYTimes - about 1 year
Macy’s kicks off its 89th Thanksgiving Day Parade, there are serenades by Billy Joel and Arlo Guthrie, and a train ride to nowhere.
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Chats With Lynyrd Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant, Pentatonix's Avi Kaplan, Ben Rector and Widespread Panic's John Bell, Plus We/Or/Me and HPnB/Dan Zanes Exclusives
Huffington Post - over 1 year
A Conversation with Lynyrd Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant Mike Ragogna: Johnny, the new one is titled Lynyrd Skynyrd Live In Jacksonville. Using the old term f there's really such thing as a blast from the past, this would be it, right? Johnny Van Zant: Yeah, you know, it was something that we talked about doing for a while. Actually we had the thought a few years ago but it just never panned out. This year it worked for us. We did it in a really cool place down here, an old theater that's been here for years called the Florida Theatre, it holds about eighteen or nineteen hundred people. We did it over a period of two nights and it was a great time. We went back and tried to have as much fun doing it and doing it in the same order as it was on the record, which was really cool because "Sweet Home" starts out Second Helping. [laughs] For that particular part of the show it was like, "Okay, we're starting the show with 'Sweet Home Alabama' which we never do," so it was a hoot. Then w ...
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Lineup Announced 54th Philadelphia Folk Festival 2015; Arlo Guthrie, Shakey Graves, Tom Paxton
iradio philly - almost 2 years
The Philadelphia Folksong Society has released the initial lineup for this year's 54th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. As always, the fest will be held on the Old Pool Farm, in Upper Salford Township near Schwenksville, PA, on August 13-16. This...
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Two Tales From the Tavern Infuse Hope, Faith and Remembrance: Sara Lee Guthrie Johnny Irion and Jeffrey Faucault
Huffington Post - about 3 years
By Nancy Chuda Santa Ynez California Courtesy of Jeremy Ball A Magical Night! Tales from the Tavern at the Maverick Saloon was a mixture of musical latitudes blending folk, rocking faith, and preserving the freedom to choose. Eric Heywood and Sara Lee Guthrie "God's in the Details" Joe Henry's Blog. Referring to the brilliant mastermind of pedal steel great Eric Heywood. "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and proclaiming "Wow, what a ride"! -Hunter S. Thompson We lost a giant. Pete Seeger devoted his life to humanity. He paved the way for important milestones throughout his beloved Hudson Valley, New York and the nation. The New York Senate unanimously passed a resolution memorializing the life of legendary folksinger Pete Seeger who passed away Jan. 27. The resolution notes that Seeger contributed to the advancement of ...
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Purge These Redundancies and Needless Phrases
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I commute. Not every day but a couple of times a week, I walk to the train station and catch the 7:50 (or occasionally the 8:20) and ride into Chicago. At the station I hear this announcement: "Metra commuters, your attention, please. An inbound train to Chicago is now arriving in your station. For your safety, please stand behind the yellow line until the train has come to a complete stop before boarding the train." So, every morning that I don't work from home, I cringe. Here's why: "Metra commuters, your attention, please. (So far, so good.) "An inbound train to Chicago (As opposed to an inbound train from Chicago?) " ... is now arriving" (Gee, why not go all out and say it's "in the process of" arriving? And I'm glad you announced it, because the lowered gates, the flashing lights, the clanging bells, and the enormous blue locomotive with the red-and-white-striped front lumbering toward us had us confused about what-all was happening.) " ... in your station. ...
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Pete Seeger -- Character, Personality, Intuition and Focus
Huffington Post - about 3 years
After 94 years, on January 27, 2014, the world lost Pete Seeger. The world is the lesser for that loss. The accolades for this giant of folk songs and herald of all causes just, are pouring in from around the world. He is celebrated for regularly showing up at mass protests, for singing songs so transcendent ("This Land is Your Land," "We Shall Overcome," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone") they are sung in many foreign languages all over the earth and for his mentoring and motivating of millions of people and children. Pete Seeger overcame most of his doubters and adversaries. On his famous five-string banjo, he inscribed the slogan, "This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender." No less than the Wall Street Journal, after reprinting an ugly commentary on Seeger's earlier radicalism, wrote, "Troubadour, rabble rouser, thorn in the side of the bloated and complacent, recipient of the National Media of Arts, American idealist and family man, Seeger maintained what Mr. Sprin ...
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Pete Seeger's Garden
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Pete Seeger upstairs at the People's Church on Lawrence Avenue in Chicago; rail thin, head thrust out, jeans and flannel shirt with rolled up sleeves, picking banjo, leading the crowd in song -- his voice is almost gone now. And it doesn't even matter. He has taught us. He lifts his right hand from the banjo ever so slightly, a welcome to all, and then like a community having lived each moment of their very lives together, we sing: "Inch by inch, row by row, Gonna make this garden grow." Just east of the Peoples Church on this rain speckled gray city night, decades earlier, Studs Terkel tells the story of the two cross country travelers, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, needing a place to stay in Chicago that night. Studs went on ahead to make sure it was all right with his angelic wife Ida. And that night, Seeger and Guthrie spent the night on the Terkel's kitchen floor. Pete Seeger slept on kitchen floors, rode the rails, sometimes with Guthrie, sometimes alone. He made over 10 ...
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Pete Seeger: folk activist who believed music could make a difference
Guardian (UK) - about 3 years
Artists such as Bruce Springsteen recognised Seeger embodied the great struggles for civil rights – and saw him as a touchstone Why did Pete Seeger, who has died aged 94, matter? Because for over 75 years he stood true to his original vision, he never wavered. Even when his beliefs had a huge impact on his life and career: he never sold out. He wasn't just a folk singer, or an activist: he was both. Pete believed that music could make a difference. Not change the world, he never claimed that – he once said that if music could change the world he'd only be making music – but he believed that while music didn't have agency, it did have the power to make a difference. Shaped by that 30s leftwing mentality of the New Deal, Pete saw songs as political acts – for him these were people's songs – ways for the working class to express themselves. It doesn't matter that this was later superseded by rock and roll and changed beyond recognition – Seeger was there at the beginning and he never ...
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Bevis Longstreth: What Can Anyone Do About Climate Change?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Rising temperatures around the globe are a reality, and so too is the primary cause: Energy-related CO2 emissions caused by human-beings. Long term energy analysis by the highly respected International Energy Agency (IEA) shows the world traveling down an unsustainable track. Very unsustainable. In 2012, CO2 emissions grew by 1.4% to a record high. Looking ahead, in its 'business as usual' scenario, the IEA shows energy-related CO2 emissions growing 1/3rd by 2035 and doubling by 2050, while global temperatures increase by up to 5.3 degrees Centigrade to 2100. Recent disasters around the globe illustrate the growing problem with a warming planet: rising sea levels, changing rainfall patterns, more droughts, floods and heat waves, all adversely affecting ecosystems, food production and water resources. Unless large restrictions on carbon emissions are established around the globe, but particularly in the world's two top emitters, China and the US, scientists predict ocea ...
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Mike Ragogna: ICON & Twelve Tales: Conversations with Belinda Carlisle and A.J. Croce, Plus Rachel Barton Pine's Audio Exclusive
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A Conversation with Belinda Carlisle Mike Ragogna: Belinda, you have a new collection that's part of the ICON series from Universal featuring your new single "Sun." Can you tell us about the new recording? Belinda Carlisle: Well, it's funny because I really had no interest in doing another English speaking pop record. My last record was all in French. I couldn't really see myself doing anything in the sort of vein that I'd been in before unless it was really, really good. My son has been on me about doing something new, but I said, "No." Then he brought me this song that a friend of his had written and I thought, "Oh my God, this is really good." It needed some lyrical work, so with the help of Jane Wiedlin, my band mate, and Gabe Lopez who wrote the song originally, we came up with a song about looking on the brighter side of things and celebrating life. We were debating what kind of format to release it on, but then Universal approached my management about doing a n ...
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Grammy-Winning Producer Dies At 72
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK — Phil Ramone, the masterful Grammy Award-winning engineer, arranger and producer whose platinum touch included recordings with Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon, died Saturday of complications stemming from heart surgery, his family said. He was 79. Ramone, who lived in Wilton, Conn., had elective surgery on Feb. 27 to prevent an aortic aneurysm, son Matt Ramone said. He later developed pneumonia and died Saturday morning at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the son said. Few in the recording industry enjoyed a more spectacular and diverse career. Phil Ramone won 14 competitive Grammy Awards and one for lifetime achievement. Worldwide sales for his projects topped 100 million. He was at ease with rock, jazz, swing and pop, working with Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, Elton John and Tony Bennett, Madonna and Lou Reed. One of the biggest names not to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ramone was on ha ...
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Michael Simmons: Van Dyke Parks Keeps On Cyclin'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
In 1967-68 I was office boy at a short-lived magazine that my father published called Cheetah. Of Bar Mitzvah age, I considered myself a man, one who had thoroughly absorbed all tributaries of what is now called the counterculture, especially its music simply called ROCK, having dispensed with its appendage of "...and roll." In the wake of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper and Bob Dylan, rock music was Gabriel's electric horn for me and my young hirsute comrades, heralding the emergence of the holy in all God's chillun, and love and peace and general groovyosity. Cheetah had a two-fold mandate: 1) to present a well-writ and designed, slick-papered mag for hippies and 2) to turn a profit. It usually succeeded in the former, but completely failed at the latter. Before its demise, some of the best journalistic minds of the '60s generation contributed to Cheetah, including Paul Krassner, Ed Sanders, Doon Arbus, Richard Goldstein, Robert Christgau, Ellen Willis - even Tom Wolfe. Original ...
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Arlo Guthrie On Mountain Stage
NPR - about 4 years
Guthrie's live performances are as much about what he says between songs as they are about the songs themselves. Hear a colorful, extended set from the iconic folksinger, recorded live in West Virginia. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Calif. serial killer gets prison for NYC slayings
Fox News - about 4 years
A California serial killer who was once a contestant on an episode of "The Dating Game" was sentenced Monday to an additional 25 years to life in New York after pleading guilty to murdering two other young women here in the 1970s. The judge choked back tears as she gave Rodney Alcala a concurrent 25 years to life sentence. Alcala said last month he wanted to plead guilty to the two murder counts so he could get back to California, where he was sentenced to death, to pursue an appeal there. He had complained that his jailers in New York wouldn't give him access to a laptop computer and legal records. Alcala was indicted in 2011 in the killings of Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover in New York, partly on evidence that emerged during a separate murder trial in California. Crilley was found strangled with a stocking in her Manhattan apartment in 1971. Hover was living in Manhattan when she vanished in 1977. Her remains were found the next year in ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Arlo Guthrie
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 68
    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".
    More Details Hide Details He declined to endorse a candidate, noting that he personally liked Bernie Sanders despite disagreeing with Sanders's platform, and he admired Donald Trump's ability to not rely on campaign donations but did not believe Trump has the best interests of the country in mind. About once a month, Guthrie posts short writings to the Announcements area of www.arlo.net, often expounding libertarian themes. Like his father, Woody Guthrie, Guthrie often sings songs of protest 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 musician Pete Seeger, one of his father's longtime partners. Ramblin' Jack Elliott, who had lived for two years in the Guthries' home before Arlo left for boarding school, had absorbed Woody's style perhaps better than anyone; Arlo has been said to have credited Elliott for passing it along to him.
  • 2008
    Age 60
    He endorsed Texas Congressman Ron Paul for the 2008 Republican Party nomination, and said, "I love this guy.
    More Details Hide Details 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." He told The New York Times Magazine that he is a Republican because, "We had enough good Democrats. We needed a few more good Republicans. We needed a loyal opposition."
    Guthrie identified as a registered Republican in 2008.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1984
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1979
    Age 31
    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."
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 28
    Guthrie's 1976 album Amigo received a 5-star (highest rating) from Rolling Stone, and may be his best-received work.
    More Details Hide Details However, that album, like Guthrie's earlier Warner Bros. Records albums, is rarely heard today even though each contains strong folk and folk rock music accompanied by widely regarded musicians such as Ry Cooder. A number of musicians from a variety of genres have joined Guthrie onstage, including Pete Seeger, David Bromberg, Cyril Neville, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Judy Collins, John Prine, Wesley Gray, Josh Ritter, and others. Though 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 (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 has had minor roles in several movies and television series. Usually, he has appeared as himself, often performing music and/or being interviewed about the 1960s, folk music and various social causes. His television appearances have included a broad range of programs from The Muppet Show (1979) to Politically Incorrect (1998). A rare dramatic film part was in the 1992 movie Roadside Prophets. Guthrie's memorable appearance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival was documented in the Michael Wadleigh film Woodstock.
  • 1975
    Age 27
    In the fall of 1975 during a benefit concert in Massachusetts, Arlo Guthrie performed with his band Shenandoah in public for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details They continued to tour and record throughout the 1970s until the early 1990s. Although the band received good reviews, it never gained the popularity that Guthrie did while playing solo. This band is not to be confused with the popular country music group Shenandoah, an entirely different group that had musical hits from 1986 to 2006. Arlo Guthrie's band Shenandoah consisted (after 1976) of David Grover, Steve Ide, Carol Ide, Terry A La Berry and Dan Velika.
  • 1969
    Age 21
    A 1969 rewrite of "Alice's Restaurant" pokes fun at then-former President Lyndon Johnson and his staff.
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    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" (one of the songs on the B-side of the "Alice's Restaurant Album").
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    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).
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 19
    The part of his father Woody Guthrie, who had died in 1967, was played by an actor, Joseph Boley; Alice, who made a cameo appearance as an extra, was also recast, with actress Pat Quinn in the title role (Brock later disowned the film's portrayal of her).
    More Details Hide Details Despite its popularity, the song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" is not always featured on the set list of any given Guthrie performance. Since putting it back into his setlist in 1984, he has performed the song every ten years, stating in a 2014 interview that the Vietnam War had ended by the 1970s and that everyone who was attending his concerts had likely already heard the song anyway, so (after a brief period in the late 1960s and early 1970s when he replaced the monologue with a fictional one involving "multicolored rainbow roaches") he decided only to do it on special occasions from that point forward. The "Alice's Restaurant" song was one of a few very long songs to become popular just when albums began replacing hit singles as young people's main music listening. But in 1972 Guthrie had a highly successful single too, Steve Goodman's song "City of New Orleans", a wistful paean to long-distance passenger rail 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).
    "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.
    More Details Hide Details For a short period after its release in 1967, "Alice's Restaurant" was heavily played on U.S. college and counterculture 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. Its leisurely, sassy finger-picking acoustic guitar and rambling lyrics were widely memorized and played by irreverent youth. Many stations in the United States have a Thanksgiving Day tradition of playing "Alice's Restaurant". A 1969 film, directed and co-written by Arthur Penn, was based on the true story told in the song, but with the addition of a large number of fictional scenes. This film, also called Alice's Restaurant, featured Arlo and several other figures in the song portraying themselves.
  • 1965
    Age 17
    On Thanksgiving Day 1965, while in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on vacation from his brief stint in college, Guthrie, then 18 years old, was arrested for illegally dumping on private property what he described as "a half-ton of garbage" from the home of his friends Alice and Ray Brock after he discovered the local landfill was closed for the holiday.
    More Details Hide Details Guthrie and his collaborator appeared in court, pled guilty to the charges, were levied a nominal fine and picked up the garbage that weekend. This littering charge would soon serve as the basis for Guthrie's most famous work, "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. The Alice in the song is Alice Brock, who had been a librarian at Arlo's boarding school in the town before opening her restaurant. She now owns an art studio in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The song lampoons the Vietnam War draft. However, Guthrie has stated in multiple interviews that the song is more an "anti-stupidity" song than an anti-war song, adding that it 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 one crime, littering. Alice's restaurant is the subject of the recurrent refrain, but is not mentioned in the story (early drafts of the song explained that the restaurant was a place to hide from the police).
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He briefly attended Rocky Mountain College, in Billings, Montana. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Siena College in 1981 and from Westfield State College in 2008. As a singer, songwriter and lifelong political activist, Guthrie carries on the legacy of his father. He was awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience award on September 26, 1992.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on July 10, 1947.
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