Quote by Arlo Guthrie: “Song-writings just kinda like catching fish--y...”
Arlo Guthrie with Bob Dylan - Jesus Christ (1968)
His appearance had been announced and the two performances were sold out weeks in advance. Any tickets for sale? The performers sat in a row across the stage, most of them resplendently dressed. Odetta wore an orange and gold striped floor-length caftan, Judy Collins sported a red rose at the neck of her long-sleeved white blouse, while Richie Havens had on a purple silk Indian shirt beneath a black Nehru suit with a long jacket. But Bob Dylan , in a gun-metal grey silk mohair suit, blue shirt with green jewels for cuff links and black suede boots as well as his new beard and moustache, was the center of attention.
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Arlo Guthrie born is an American musician and songwriter , and is the son of folk music legend Woody Guthrie. His most famous song is Alice's Restaurant , which was also the title of his first album. Guthrie learned music from his father, who wrote songs for him like "Goodnight Little Arlo". When the young Guthrie became thirteen years old, his father gave him a Bar Mitzvah , and invited many folk musicians. It was called "the first hootenanny bar mitzvah in history. Dylan taught Guthrie a new way to play the harmonica.
How we begin to understand the way Dylan, Guthrie, and this senseless Christmas Eve death of 73 men, women, and children at an Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan are connected will probably depend on what we want to believe. Which side are you on? The whole wide world is watching. Such lines are mantras in a topical folk ballad. We bear witness in order to be those who remain standing to tell the story, 28 years later or a century after the fact. He would spend the '40s building his legacy. Like the best folk singers hopping off and on railroad cars destination anywhere, he knows there are options.