We don’t have much in the way of traditions around my house come Thanksgiving time,
there is one that we do stick to every year around this time, that I've brought over
JamBase. For as long as I can remember New York’s classic rock station – which has
considerably over the years – has always played Arlo Guthrie’s
brilliant track "Alice’s Restaurant Massacree" at noon on Thanksgiving.
The 18-plus minute track constitutes the entire A-Side of Guthrie’s 1967 album –
Alice’s Restaurant. The song is a winding, interwoven tale based on a true
a Thanksgiving weekend in 1965 gone awry that also happens to double as a biting and
humorous anti-establishment, anti-war ode.
So when you have some time over the course of the long weekend, I highly recommend
you sit back and enjoy Guthrie’s masterful tale, which in concert has stretched to
thirty minutes long. Let’s check out this pro-shot version from the 2005 edition of
Aid that took place at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL:
For the purists, here's the studio version:
Guthrie has been on tour throughout 2015 and continuing into 2016 to celebrate the
50th anniversary of the incident described in "Alice’s Restaurant Massacree." Tune in
to PBS tonight for the premiere of Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo
Guthrie, which was filmed in Pittsfield, Massachusetts earlier this year.
Check local listings for the airtime.
Written By: Jeffrey Greenblatt
[Published on: 11/26/15]