Throwback Thursday: Arlo Guthrie

For this week’s Throwback Thursday we’re playing a set of songs from Arlo Guthrie.

While Arlo Guthrie is without a doubt one of the most important and influential artists of all time, especially to many of the artists played on WERS, you probably already figured out why we’re choosing this Thursday to highlight the legend.  Hint: it has to do with a certain restaurant in Greater Barrington, MA.  “Alice’s Restaurant Masacree,” off of Guthrie’s debut, Alice’s Restaurant, tells the story of Guthrie’s Thanksgiving Day, 1965.  You probably know the story by now – Guthrie and a friend were arrested for littering after the town dump was closed while trying to throw away the garbage from the eponymous Alice’s restaurant.  After being sentenced to a $50 fine by a blind judge he is called up for the draft.  He gets rejected for military service because of his “criminal history” - “I’m sittin’ here on the Group W bench ’cause you want to know if I’m moral enough to join the Army, burn women, kids, houses and villages after bein’ a litterbug.”

This satirical anti-war song has become an icon over the nearly half-century since its release.  Tune in for Throwback Thursday at 5pm today (while you’re slipping into a post-turkey coma) and here’s hoping your Thanksgiving goes smoother than Arlo’s!

By Bentley J. Holt

If you liked this, check out:
Throwback Thursday: The Beach Boys
This Week in Music History

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