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Arlo Guthrie to celebrate 'Alice's Restaurant Massacre' 50th birthday

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Folk songsmith Arlo Guthrie penned the iconic, 18-minute satirical musical monologue “Alice’s Restaurant Massacre” 50 years ago — it was the entire A-side of Guthrie’s debut album, Alice’s Restaurant. He’ll celebrate the landmark occasion with a run of performances in Wilmington, Princeton, Newark, and at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

His daughter, Sarah Lee Guthrie, will open the sets and Arlo’s band will include, as usual, his son Abe on keyboards, Terry A La Berry on drums, Darren Todd on bass, and Bobby Sweet switching between guitar and fiddle. (Guthrie has been blogging about the performances on Facebook, and updates on the shows can be seen there.)

A special PBS programming, Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo Guthrie, will air on Thanksgiving from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

Check out the original recording of the tune below.