March 12, 2012 |
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...
August 9, 2009 |
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.
July 31, 2009 |
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.
December 2, 2007 |
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.
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.
June 11, 2006 |
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."