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A Thanksgiving Classic: Alice’s Restaurant

On Thanksgiving, at 12 Noon, Seacoast Oldies will air a Thanksgiving Classic, “Alice’s Restaurant!”

From Wikipedia: Alice’s Restaurant Massacree“, commonly known as “Alice’s Restaurant“, is a satirical talking blues song by singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie, released as the title track to his 1967 debut album Alice’s Restaurant. The song is a deadpan protest against the Vietnam War draft, in the form of a comically exaggerated but largely true story from Guthrie’s own life: while visiting acquaintances in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, he is arrested and convicted of dumping trash illegally, which later endangers his suitability for the military draft. The title refers to a restaurant owned by one of Guthrie’s friends, artist Alice Brock. Although Brock is a minor character in the story, the restaurant plays no role in it aside from being the subject of the chorus and the impetus for Guthrie’s visit.

The song inspired the 1969 film Alice’s Restaurant, which starred Guthrie and took numerous liberties with the story. The work has become Guthrie’s signature song and he has periodically re-released it with updated lyrics. In 2017, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or artistically significant”.[3]


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