"A great reminder of just how effective a bit of absurdity can be when it comes to combating serious issues." -Rolling Stone
"A quintessential Guthrie composition in the way it turns a true story into an amusing folk tale." -New York Times
"The strength of 'Alice's Restaurant' is its feel of truth -- and how it speaks that truth to power." -Washington Post
"If there's one Turkey Day custom in our city that people actually enjoy, it's the airing of the classic 1967 Arlo Guthrie yarn 'Alice's Restaurant Massacree'." -Philadelphia Weekly
When legendary folk music icon Arlo Guthrie took to the road to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his seminal song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” he was incredibly moved by the feedback from enthusiastic fans. Alice’s Restaurant -- Back By Popular Demand Tour will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the feature film “Alice’s Restaurant,” originally released in 1969, starring Arlo as himself, directed by famed director Arthur Penn. It was filmed in the Berkshires, Arlo’s own backyard, recreating some of the events that launched the Massacree, while adding a good dose of fiction. Ultimately, the movie garnered a “Best Director” Oscar Award nomination for Penn. Of the film, Roger Ebert had said, “It is also good to have Arlo Guthrie himself, who is quiet and open and good on camera... “Alice's Restaurant” ...becomes a synthesis of Arlo's spirit and Arthur Penn's tact.” “Alice’s Restaurant” was Arlo’s first foray into acting, and he would later take roles in several television series.
"I didn't think I was gonna live long enough to have to learn 'Alice's Restaurant' again," Arlo Guthrie says with a smile. "It was a quirky kinda thing to begin with. Nobody writes an 18-minute monologue expecting fame and fortune. The initial success of the song really took me by surprise more than anyone else. The fact that I have contended with it for five decades either by having to learn it again or by not doing it, has been an interesting balancing act. I'm surely looking forward to it again being a centerpiece of my live repertoire."
Currently on the road for the last year presenting the Re:Generation Tour, Arlo along with his son Abe will be joined onstage on the forthcoming tour with longtime collaborators Terry “A La Berry” Hall (drums), Steve Ide (guitar, vocals) and Carol Ide (vocals, percussion) of his former acclaimed band Shenandoah. Arlo’s daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie, a lauded singer-songwriter in her own right, will open the shows.
In July 2017 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the “Summer of Love” and the original release of Arlo’s debut album, Rhino Records re-released the full mono version of the album Alice’s Restaurant on 180 gram vinyl. In March 2018, the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress inducted "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" into the registry honoring the recording for its cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the American soundscape.
Folk songs enduring many decades of change only become classics when storylines remain just as relevant today as they were when originally composed. "Alice's Restaurant" is of this ilk; it's now weaved into the fabric of American society. Fans have embraced "Alice's Restaurant" as part of their annual Thanksgiving tradition, but also view it as one of the more pronounced “anti-stupid” rally songs. Every year, Arlo receives handfuls of letters from Vietnam vets and soldiers currently at war expressing their heartfelt connection to the song. Today, times are eerily similar to the mid-60's, with unpopular wars being fought far away from home, and soldiers finding ways to cope. Music is often the best medicine to soothe the soul. However listeners interpret the quintessential tune, we can be rest assured that people of all different walks of life come together singing that famous chorus, "You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant...".
50 years ago, singer-songwriter Stephen Still met singer-songwriter Judy
Collins, known for her piercing ocean blue eyes. Their tumultuous love
affair would later be immortalized by Stills with his composition “Suite:
Judy Blue Eyes,” performed by Crosby, Stills & Nash on their landmark
debut. Both artists would go gone to shape modern music with visionary
approaches, but Stills and Collins’ short fiery union remains a
transformative era for the two artists.
This summer, the two icons of folk will celebrate the golden anniversary of
their formative time together. Their joint summer tour marks the first time ever
Stills and Collins have been onstage together. For this once in a lifetime
experience, the two music legends will pull from their rich catalogs, debut
songs from their upcoming album, due out Summer of 2017, and share warm
and intimate stories from their journeys and the1960s folk and Laurel Canyon
scenes they helped build.
Stills and Collins met in 1967 and dated for two years. Stills wrote and demoed
his legendary love song to Collins right after he left Buffalo Springfield, before
he joined CSN. “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” is a five-section romantic epic
brimming with heartfelt sincerity. The song has been ranked #418 in Rolling
Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time Poll.
Stills is known for his work with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash,
and his solo work. In addition to “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” Still is best known
for the hits “ For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield and “Love The One
You’re With” from his solo debut, Stephen Stills. He’s a multi-instrumentalist,
composer, and ranked #28 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “The 100 Greatest
Guitarists Of All Time.” He also has the added distinction of being the first
artist to be inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame twice in one night (for
his work with CSN and Buffalo Springfield).
Collins is known for her eclectic palette as a solo artist, melding folk, rock,
classical, and jazz into a singular aesthetic. She’s earned five Grammy
nominations including one in 2017 and one Grammy win. Outside of music,
Collins has published two memoirs, one novel, and, in 1975, was nominated for
an Academy Award for the documentary Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman.
Collins is also a lifelong activist.
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