“Folk music is music that everyday people can play, and it inspired a lot of people to make their own music. That trailed into making your own pop music, and that’s why garage bands started springing up everywhere.”Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie is the son of American folk music legend Woody Guthrie. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as Arlo has carried on the legacy of his father, being a lifelong political activist and writing and singing songs of protest against social injustice. Guthrie exploded onto the scene in 1967 with the release of his album Alice’s Restaurant, from which the 18 minute long title song, written about a true personal incident that happened on Thanksgiving Day 1965, inspired a generation of free thinking youth as a symbol of attitude and lifestyle. The song eventually inspired filmmaker Arthur Penn, to write and direct the film of the same name, which starred Guthrie. The song has since become a Thanksgiving Day radio and multi-media tradition. A memorable appearance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, also documented in the film, further exposed Guthrie to the masses with his performance of his song “Coming Into Los Angeles”, originally released on his 1969 album Down The Road.