Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Davy Guthrie was named after a character in a series of publications called “Arlo Books” and Davy Crockett. Before Woody Guthrie’s son made it big on his own in 1967 with his 18-minute, 20-second Thanksgiving and anti-war song “Alice’s Restaurant,” he was playing small clubs, pubs and coffeehouses across America and in Europe. Club 47 was one of his regular stops. Mixing folk music sensibilities with a goofy sense of humor, Guthrie went on to score a number of pop hits, including a cover of Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans,” starred as himself in Arthur Penn’s film version of “Alice’s Restaurant,” and was a high-profile witness at the Chicago Seven trial. He currently lives in the Berkshires with four generations of the Guthrie clan, and his foundation presents folk concerts in the former church where Alice and husband Ray Brock held that memorable Thanksgiving dinner.
(by Ed Symkus)

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