Remembering Alice’s Restaurant

Released in October 1967 by Woody’s boy Arlo — “you can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant”

The song lasts 18 minutes and 34 seconds, occupying the entire A-side of Guthrie’s debut album. It is notable as a satirical, first-person account of 1960s counterculture, in addition to being a hit song in its own right. The final part of the song is an encouragement for the listeners to sing along, to resist the draft and end the war in Vietnam.

Alice’s Restaurant, the movie, was a 19 August 1969 release. It was an adaptation of the 1967 record by Arlo. The film stared Guthrie as himself, with Pat Quinn as Alice Brock and James Broderick as Ray Brock. It was released a few days after Guthrie appeared at Woodstock. A soundtrack album for the film was also released by United Artists Records. The soundtrack includes a studio version of the title song.

The film grossed $6,300,000 in the United States, and an additional $6,418,000 in rentals, making it the 15th highest grossing film of 1969. Note: the average cost of a movie ticket in 1969 was $1.42. It was a big it for me and my shipmates.

Drink one for me,

Woody

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~ by Frank Wood on 7 May 2012.

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