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April 12, 2013 | By Michael Miller
When Arlo Guthrie was a boy, he sat in the backyard with the guitar he'd gotten for his fifth birthday and listened to his father, Woody, teach him "This Land Is Your Land. " The verses decrying hunger and espousing equality didn't strike Arlo as political back then. Today, though, he sings for the dissenting and downtrodden, as his father did for so many years. In 2011, he joined Pete Seeger, his father's old comrade, to serenade Occupy protesters in New York. In 2005, he rode a train from Illinois to Louisiana to perform for Hurricane Katrina victims.
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April 12, 2013 | By Michael Miller
When Arlo Guthrie was a boy, he sat in the backyard with the guitar he'd gotten for his fifth birthday and listened to his father, Woody, teach him "This Land Is Your Land. " The verses decrying hunger and espousing equality didn't strike Arlo as political back then. Today, though, he sings for the dissenting and downtrodden, as his father did for so many years. In 2011, he joined Pete Seeger, his father's old comrade, to serenade Occupy protesters in New York. In 2005, he rode a train from Illinois to Louisiana to perform for Hurricane Katrina victims.
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July 23, 1993 | STEVE HOCHMAN
"I'm still not proud . . . or tired," said the now white-haired Arlo Guthrie early in his show at the Universal Amphitheatre on Wednesday, citing his old promise (or threat?) from "Alice's Restaurant" and setting the tone for a friendly, funny and at times insightful evening's entertainment. You've heard of progressive rock? Guthrie is the master of digressive folk.
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October 17, 2012
John Durkin Former U.S. senator from New Hampshire Former U.S. Sen. John Durkin, 76, a New Hampshire Democrat who won his seat in 1975 in one of the closest elections in Senate history, died Tuesday at Franklin Regional Hospital in Concord, N.H., after a brief illness. His death was confirmed by an official at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, where Durkin had lived since 2011. Durkin was elected to the Senate on Sept. 16, 1975, after a long fight that wound its way from New Hampshire to Washington and back again.
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April 25, 1985 | JOHN STEWART
--Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is paying a sentimental visit to the Pacific Northwest to help his cousin, Washington state Rep. Joe Tanner, launch a campaign to make a tune by his father the official state folk song. Guthrie joined with other musicians to sing the song, Woody Guthrie's "Roll On, Columbia, Roll On," on the Capitol steps.
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December 2, 2007 | GEOFF BOUCHER
It was the most inspiring voyage of Arlo Guthrie's itinerant music career, but a lot of the details are a bit of a blur now, like so much of the late 1960s. "I was flying from London to L.A. I don't know what airline it was. It was around 1968 -- well, I know it was after 1965. It was between 1966 and 1968. I was like 18 or 19. I'm sorry. It was a long time ago." The one thing Guthrie absolutely remembers is the turbulence.
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March 19, 1991 | JOHN PENNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For a '60s veteran like Arlo Guthrie, these are weird and confusing times. Flag-waving support of America has taken hold with a febrile fury. War is in. Drugs are out. Conformity is trendy; individuality isn't. Still, in the world according to Arlo, who for a quarter of a century eschewed his father's daunting shadow by singing his own folk songs with a smile, none of this is worth getting all worked up about.
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October 28, 1989 | JIM WASHBURN
Arlo Guthrie has not been seen or heard from much since the "hippie days." So it was easy to assume that the perennial longhair's shows might be one long, nostalgic wallow in the Woodstock mud bath. But while the 42-year-old singer did indeed supply extensive documentation of those times in his Coach House show Thursday evening, he made it a fitting, and somehow timely, part of a rich quilt of American folk culture.
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March 15, 1991 | JOHN D'AGOSTINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There's a story making the rounds about a recent songwriting symposium in the Northwest that featured several stars of acoustic music. Someone raised the issue of the "signature song"--that one tune with which an artist becomes most closely identified, frequently to his great regret. "How'd you like to be known for writing a song about seeing a dead skunk in the middle of the road?" Loudon Wainwright III ("Dead Skunk," 1972) is supposed to have complained, provoking much laughter.
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October 11, 1998 | PATRICK CASEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Arlo Guthrie still uses an acoustic guitar to sound the social agenda he's pushed since the 1960s. But the folk singer, whose song "Alice's Restaurant" was an inspiration to protesters against U.S. involvement in Vietnam, now has also taken to the Internet to spread the word. Nothing curious about that, Guthrie said while in Okemah, his late balladeer-father's hometown, to play at the Woody Guthrie Free Folk Arts Festival.
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March 12, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
As much as anything he tried to do with his music and in his life, Woody Guthrie consistently stressed the "unity" in "community," an attitude that was fully embraced by some three dozen participants in Saturday's kickoff event in a yearlong national and international salute to the legacy of America's greatest folk troubadour, who would have turned 100 on July 14. Guthrie's son, Arlo, was musical ringmaster of the star-studded 31/2-hour demonstration of...
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August 9, 2009 | Steve Appleford
Big things happened for Arlo Guthrie in '69. That was the year he got married, bought his farm in western Massachusetts and starred in "Alice's Restaurant," a Hollywood movie based on his popular talkin' blues anthem. And 40 years ago this week, the folk singer also landed at Yasgur's Farm, facing a crowd of nearly half a million at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. He still hears about that one.
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July 31, 2009 | Associated Press
Joan Baez was just 18 when she performed at the first Newport Folk Festival, a self-described neurotic and high-maintenance teenager who remembers trembling in her sandals as she waited her turn on stage. She sang in her signature soprano that night, and her career quickly took off; she released an album on a major record label, landed on Time magazine's cover and made repeat appearances at the festival alongside on-off romantic partner Bob Dylan. "I didn't faint; I sang, and that was the beginning of a very long career," Baez says about her 1959 festival appearance.
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December 2, 2007 | GEOFF BOUCHER
It was the most inspiring voyage of Arlo Guthrie's itinerant music career, but a lot of the details are a bit of a blur now, like so much of the late 1960s. "I was flying from London to L.A. I don't know what airline it was. It was around 1968 -- well, I know it was after 1965. It was between 1966 and 1968. I was like 18 or 19. I'm sorry. It was a long time ago." The one thing Guthrie absolutely remembers is the turbulence.
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February 12, 2007 | Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 40 years after Woody Guthrie's death, the '40s-era American folk music icon won his first statuette -- in the world music category. New York-based klezmer five-piece band the Klezmatics snagged a win for best contemporary world music album with "Wonder Wheel," a CD of never-recorded Guthrie compositions bequeathed to the group by the composer's daughter, Nora. "It's a real honor for us," said Klezmatics lead singer Lorin Sklamberg, speaking backstage.
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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.
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March 21, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM
Sometimes, just thinking of Arlo Guthrie can help make life a little more bearable. At the end of your most harried, most frustrating, most spirit-sapping day, you can always look back and say to yourself, "Well, at least I got through it without having to sit through 'Alice's Restaurant' again."
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October 17, 2012
John Durkin Former U.S. senator from New Hampshire Former U.S. Sen. John Durkin, 76, a New Hampshire Democrat who won his seat in 1975 in one of the closest elections in Senate history, died Tuesday at Franklin Regional Hospital in Concord, N.H., after a brief illness. His death was confirmed by an official at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, where Durkin had lived since 2011. Durkin was elected to the Senate on Sept. 16, 1975, after a long fight that wound its way from New Hampshire to Washington and back again.
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June 11, 2006 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer
AN hour before Arlo Guthrie is to go on stage, a reminder of life's serendipity walks into the old church here. A volunteer doesn't recognize the man at the door, and she can't find his name on the "comp" list of invited guests, either, so she calls over Guthrie's longtime right hand, George Laye, and tells him, "There's a Mr. Wilcox...." Laye confers briefly with Richard B. Wilcox, laughs and says, "Oh, of course. I'm sorry. Go right in."
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