41 Facts About Arlo Guthrie


Arlo Davy Guthrie was born on July 10,1947 and is an American folk singer-songwriter.


Arlo Guthrie is known for singing songs of protest against social injustice, and storytelling while performing songs, following the tradition of his father, Woody Guthrie.


Arlo Guthrie's only top-40 hit was a cover of Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans".


Arlo Guthrie is the father of four children, who have had careers as musicians.


Arlo Guthrie is the fifth, and oldest surviving, of Woody Guthrie's eight children; two older half-sisters died of Huntington's disease, an older half-brother died in a train accident, another half sister died in a car accident, and a fourth sister died in childhood.


Arlo Guthrie's mother was a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of what is the Huntington's Disease Society of America.


Arlo Guthrie's father was from a Baptist family of English and Scottish descent; and his mother was Jewish, the daughter of immigrants from Ukraine.

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Arlo Guthrie received religious training for his bar mitzvah from Rabbi Meir Kahane, who formed the Jewish Defense League.


Arlo Guthrie attended Woodward School in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, from first through eighth grades and later graduated from the Stockbridge School, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in 1965.


Arlo Guthrie spent the summer of 1965 in London, eventually meeting Karl Dallas, who connected Guthrie with London's folk rock scene and became a lifelong friend of his.


Arlo Guthrie briefly attended Rocky Mountain College, in Billings, Montana.


Arlo Guthrie received an honorary doctorate from Siena College in 1981 and from Westfield State College in 2008.


Arlo Guthrie was awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience award on September 26,1992.


In 1997, Arlo Guthrie jokingly pointed out that this was the exact length of one of the infamous gaps in President Richard Nixon's Watergate tapes, and that Nixon owned a copy of the record.


Arlo Guthrie later opened an art studio in Provincetown, Massachusetts.


However, Arlo Guthrie has stated in multiple interviews that the song is more an "anti-stupidity" song than an anti-war song, adding that it is based on a true incident.


The part of his father Woody Arlo Guthrie, who had died in 1967, was played by actor Joseph Boley; Alice, who made a cameo appearance as an extra, was recast, with actress Pat Quinn in the title role.


Arlo Guthrie had a minor hit with his song "Coming into Los Angeles", which was played at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, but did not get much radio airplay because of its plot, and success with a live version of "The Motorcycle Song".


Arlo Guthrie has performed a concert almost every Thanksgiving weekend since he became famous at Carnegie Hall, a tradition he announced would come to an end after the 2019 concert.


On October 23,2020, Arlo Guthrie announced via Facebook that he had "reached the difficult decision that touring and stage shows are no longer possible," due to a series of strokes that had impaired his ability to walk and perform.


All of his scheduled tour appearances for 2020 were cancelled, and Arlo Guthrie said he will not accept any new bookings offered.


Arlo Guthrie had attempted to record some private concerts in the summer of 2020 but concluded his playing was no longer up to his standards.


Arlo Guthrie rescinded his retirement announcement and stated that he would begin touring again in April 2023, albeit with his appearances reduced to locations in the Northeast within driving distance of his Massachusetts home, spaced at least one week apart to allow him to return home between shows.


Arlo Guthrie has had minor roles in several movies and television series.


Guthrie made a pilot for a TV variety show called The Arlo Guthrie Show in February 1987.

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Arlo Guthrie declined to endorse a candidate, noting that he personally liked Bernie Sanders despite disagreeing with parts of Sanders' platform.


In 2018, Arlo Guthrie contacted publication Urban Milwaukee to clarify his political stance.


Arlo Guthrie stated "I am not a Republican," and expressed deep disagreement with the Trump administration's views, especially the policies on immigration and treatment of detained immigrants by ICE.


Arlo Guthrie expressed support for the George Floyd protests in June 2020, stating that it would be good if politicians "embraced it rather than resist the evolving nature of what it means to be an American".


In 2023, Arlo Guthrie stated that though he still maintained his personal convictions on particular issues, he had grown to become largely apolitical.


Arlo Guthrie expressed irritation at having his past political views be brought up in later interviews and commented that the collapse of the groups and institutions that his parents' generation had embraced in favor of an overly individualist culture was "disheartening," but a natural progression of society.


Arlo Guthrie collaborated with poet Adrian Mitchell to tell the story of Chilean folk singer and activist Victor Jara in song.


Arlo Guthrie regularly performed with folk musician Pete Seeger, one of his father's longtime partners.


Ramblin' Jack Elliott, who had lived for two years in the Guthries' home before Arlo left for boarding school, had absorbed Woody's style perhaps better than anyone; Arlo has been said to have credited Elliott for passing it along to him.


In 1991, Arlo Guthrie bought the church that had served as Alice and Ray Brock's former home in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and converted it to the Arlo Guthrie Center, an interfaith meeting place that serves people of all religions.


Arlo Guthrie owns a home in Washington, Massachusetts, where he and Jackie Hyde, who was his wife for 43 years, were longtime residents.


Abe Arlo Guthrie was formerly in the folk-rock band Xavier and has toured with his father.


Annie Arlo Guthrie writes songs, performs, and takes care of family touring details.


On October 23,2020, Arlo Guthrie announced he was retiring from touring and stage shows, citing health issues, including a stroke on Thanksgiving Day 2019 which required brief hospitalization and physical therapy.


On October 23,2021, Arlo Guthrie announced that he was engaged to Marti Ladd, with whom he had been in a relationship since shortly after Jackie's death in 2012.


Arlo Guthrie had met Ladd 20 years earlier when he went to Woodstock, New York with his wife Jackie to do a film.