Arlo Guthrie


Arlo Davy Guthrie is an American folk singer-songwriter. Like his father, Woody Guthrie, Arlo is known for singing songs of protest against social injustice.

Fifty years ago, Arlo Guthrie took out the trash after Thanksgiving dinner. Little did he know the subsequent chain of events would lead to his most celebrated song, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree”—an 18-minute deadpan-and-guitar monologue.

Every Thanksgiving Day for the past several decades, radio stations across the country play the slapstick story of Guthrie dumping trash at a popular cliff, getting arrested for littering the next day, and eventually being told he’s ineligible for the Vietnam War draft because of the citation.

“Alice’s Restaurant” has been made into a feature-length film, been used as an anti-war rallying cry (“[They] want to know if I’m moral enough to join the Army—burn women, kids, houses and villages—after being  a litterbug,” he snarks at the song’s climax), and launched the storied career of the son of legendary folk pioneer Woody Guthrie.

Sit back, relax and enjoy some wonderful tales.

Arlo tells an inspiring story and EVERYONE sings along to Amazing Grace.

Arlo the story teller at his best.

Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger

Argo Guthrie performs "Alice's Restaurant" live at Farm Aid 2005 at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Tinley Park, Illinois on September 18, 2005

Published on Jun 30, 2008

A great story about playing in Denmark with Pete and Tao. It's great to see the visuals on this one. This is the first time Pete has heard Arlo tell this story and the live camera work and mix on this was magic.

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