With the legendary folk singer and activist Woody Guthrie for a father, Arlo Guthrie had some big shoes to fill. It is a testament to the younger Guthrie's talent and charisma that he made a name for himself as a beloved folk singer in his own right and will most likely be remembered as a generational spokesperson for years to come. His 1967 anti-Vietnam song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" became radio fodder, and was even made into a cult film. Guthrie performed at Woodstock, and had a top-20 hit in 1972 with Steve Goodman's poignant "City of New Orleans." Guthrie has continued to perform and release albums regularly, but is also known as a spokesperson in the fight against Huntington's Disease, the ailment that killed his father.
No Description Available. Genre: Popular Music Media Format: Compact Disk Rating: Release Date: 9-MAR-1989
While the title track may seem, by now, a rather obvious and nostalgic relic, we''d do well to remember that an entire post-baby boom generation has likely never heard it. At 18 minutes, the song remains one of the most hysterical things ever recorded, and many of its politcal barbs can still sting. But the record also contained two far more lyrical pieces: "Chillin'' of the Evening" and the gorgeous, sweeping "Highway in the Wind." Some will turn to this countercultural classic for side one''s epic, but it''s the exceptional songs on side two that will offer finer rewards. --Roy Francis Kasten
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