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Guthrie on grass

June 18, 2006

I remember first hearing "basement" tapes featuring Arlo Guthrie on the Pacifica FM station in New York City back in the '60s ["A Storied Tradition," June 11]. Then I caught him singing and playing guitar out on the grass at the Newport Folk Festival. He was a hit.

I introduced myself backstage one afternoon and he asked if I thought he could make it (I was an editor of Billboard magazine at the time) and I told him he could start counting his money. "Alice's Restaurant" was soon on Warner Bros. Records and, well, you know the rest of the story.

CLAUDE HALL\o7

Los Angeles

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