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Arlo Guthrie

When:

Tue 23 Apr 2019, 7:30pm

Where: Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $89.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: touringw83

"A great reminder of just how effective a bit of absurdity can be when it comes to combating serious issues." - Rolling Stone

"An hour and a half in the presence of Guthrie is like receiving the most enjoyable and authoritative master class on 20th-century American folk music one could possibly have." - The Independent, London

In 1965, a teenaged Guthrie performed a "friendly gesture" that proved to be fateful. Arrested for littering, Arlo was deemed "not moral enough to join the army" and recounted these events on the album ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ in 1967. The “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree”, an 18 minute and 20 second partially sung comic monologue opposing the war and the backward reasoning of authority has become a quintessential anti-establishment anthem.

Born in Coney Island, New York in 1947, Arlo is the eldest son of America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher/artist Woody Guthrie. Growing up Guthrie, Arlo was surrounded by such renowned artists as Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Ronnie Gilbert, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, to name only a few. Not surprisingly, Arlo drew from these influences and he in turn became a delineative artist, bridging generations of folk with songs of protest and social justice.

‘Alice’s Restaurant’ achieved platinum status and was made into a movie in 1969 (in which Arlo played himself) by the esteemed Oscar-nominated director Arthur Penn. 1969 also brought Arlo to the rock festival of the ages—Woodstock, showcasing his chart-topping "Coming Into Los Angeles", which was included on the multi-platinum Woodstock soundtrack and movie.

Arlo Guthrie has become an iconic figure in folk music with a distinguished and varied career spanning almost sixty years. Classically styled folk songs intermingled with clever storytelling and a keen sense of humor remain his trademark, in addition to his broad musical accomplishments. Guthrie is a road warrior, touring almost constantly, alone or with friends and family.

Since the first time he performed in public in 1961 at the age of 13, and after almost sixty years of shows, Arlo Guthrie, now in his 70s, has become an American folk elder—a keeper of the flame.

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