Arlo Guthrie

Arlo  Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie has been known to generations as a prolific songwriter, social commentator, master storyteller, actor, and activist. Born in Coney Island, New York, in 1947, Arlo is the eldest son of Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company, and Woody Guthrie, America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher/artist. Arlo has become an iconic figure in folk music in his own right with a distinguished and varied career spanning over 50 years. Arlo’s 1967 “The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” an 18-minute-20-second partially sung comic monologue opposing the Vietnam War and the backward reasoning of authority, has become an anti-establishment anthem and an essential part of Thanksgiving on rock stations. The song achieved platinum status and was made into a movie, in which Arlo stars as himself, by Arthur Penn in 1969. That year also brought Arlo to the rock festival of the ages—Woodstock. His appearance showcased his chart-topping “Coming Into Los Angeles,” which was included on the multi-platinum Woodstock soundtrack and movie. Beginning the seventies with a number of albums for Warner Bros., Mr. Guthrie helped set the standard for the singer-songwriter genre burgeoning at the time; perhaps the best known of these albums is Hobo’s Lullaby (1972). The critically acclaimed Amigo (1976) includes “Massachusetts,” honored in 1981 as the official State Folk Song. In 1983, Mr. Guthrie left the major record label system to establish the independent label Rising Son, which is still in active operation, serving as his record and production company. In addition to his musical career, Mr. Guthrie is an accomplished actor with numerous appearances on television—including his recurring roles in two major network television series (The Byrds of Paradise and Relativity)—and in feature films, the aforementioned Alice’s Restaurant and Roadside Prophets (1992). He is the author of four children’s books and is a distinguished photographer, showing his works in selected galleries. Inspired by his parents’ activism, Arlo bought the old Trinity Church that is now home to the Guthrie Center and the Guthrie Foundation. Named for his parents, The Guthrie Center is a not-for-profit interfaith church foundation dedicated to providing a wide range of local and international services. The Guthrie Foundation is a separate not-for-profit educational organization that addresses issues such as the environment, health care, cultural preservation, and educational exchange. In 2009 Arlo was awarded the ASCAP Foundation Champion Award for making a difference through social action on behalf of worthwhile causes and demonstrating exceptional efforts in humanitarianism. Mr. Guthrie debuted at Tanglewood in 1989 with Pete Seeger and with the Pops at Symphony Hall in 1998.