Arlo Guthrie, 'Alice's Restaurant'
No one captured hippie politics better than Woody's
20-year-old son on the title cut, an autobiographical tall tale that for
18 minutes reduced pacifist anti-authoritarianism to a diffident,
confident, skillfully timed cops-and-longhairs routine. The B side cuts four
forgettable song poems with two more jokes, one of them "The Motorcycle
Song," not yet the comic turn it became. NB: Guthrie re-recorded the
entire album 30 years later. The new "Alice" is four minutes longer – and four