Posted in music on November 25, 2008

By Andrew Frisicano


Folk singer Arlo Guthrie has been associated with Thanksgiving since recording "Alice's Restaurant" in 1967. The song, which starts in an old church owned by his friends Alice and Ray and ends in New York's now-demolished US Army Building on Whitehall St, humorously details how a Thanksgiving Day-littering charge helped Guthrie avoid the draft. The church in question is now the Guthrie Center, a non-denominational faith center, out of which Guthrie runs his Rising Son Record label. Guthrie continues to apply his satirical wit to current issues, like this live update of Tom Paxton's "I'm Changing My Name to Chrysler Fannie Mae."

This Saturday, Nov 29, Guthrie carries on his annual Thanksgiving tradition, playing with legend Pete Seeger (who toured with Guthrie's father as part of the Almanac Singers in the early '40s), family and friends at Carnegie Hall's 2,804-seat Stern Auditorium at 8 PM. Tickets are almost gone: from Carnegie Hall, "Currently this event has limited availability. Please call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 for ticketing information."

Watch & listen to various versions of "Alice's Restaurant" in the videos below (possibly while enjoying some delicious Tofurky)...

Alice's Restaurant (TrAiLer) - 1969

The song (part 1)

The song (part 2)

Alice's Restaurant (Reprise) @ Farm Aid 1987

& in 2005

in 2007



Comments (8)


Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 8:28 PM

Arlo is the shit.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 9:10 PM

Arlo is the dope shit.

Posted by Dooder City | November 25, 2008 9:22 PM

Doper than dope.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2008 10:19 PM

this carnegie hall msg is their code
for sold out

Posted by danny boy | November 26, 2008 12:10 AM

You've got a typo in the headline. Not sure who that Alro fella is.

Posted by gabi porter | November 26, 2008 2:26 AM

"this carnegie hall msg is their code
for sold out"

We called before we posted and were able to order tickets.

Posted by brooklynvegan | November 26, 2008 8:12 AM

Seeger and Guthrie? See, I *knew* this Thanksgiving thing was a Socialist plot. All that "sharing" and spreading around of the stuffing among Pilgrims and Indians... I look to Joe the Plumber and Sarah Palin to investigate how this came to be celebrated as a national day-off-work.

Posted by Sam Pratt | November 27, 2008 8:45 AM

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