Given the nature of "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," Arlo Guthrie's signature song, clocking in at 18:37 and containing 2,833 words, one might think Guthrie would be the talkative sort. Maybe other renderings of that epic song, some stretching 30, even 45 minutes, have Guthrie being more economical with his words. In any case, Guthrie's answers to this interviewer's questions were, well, concise, at least in comparison to the rambling song.
Nevertheless, Guthrie's place in American musical lore is forever secure. "Alice's Restaurant" opened the doors for a new level of anti-disestablishmentarianism (one of the longest words in English language but not a word used in the song) and since has become part of the American lexicon of folk music in which justice prevails in the face of foolishness.More »