The Story Behind 'Alice's Restaurant': the 50-Year-Old Song that Is Forever Young

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Its smirkily subversive message finds new adherents every year, while in its familiar glow longtime acquaintances grow young again. Somehow, the song originally titled "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," but known for almost all of its life simply as "Alice's Restaurant," never grows old. Its smirkily subversive message finds new adherents every year, while in its familiar glow longtime acquaintances grow young again. It all started 50 years ago this past Thanksgiving, with a friendly gesture that went comically awry, and later played a surprising and more serious part in making in making Guthrie ineligible for the draft, keeping him out of Vietnam.

From flickr.com/photos/43547797@N00/15336664493/: Arlo Guthrie at The Pinecrest Country Club
Arlo Guthrie at The Pinecrest Country Club
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