Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Alice's Restaurant Massacree

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1965 The Alice's Restaurant Massacree, USA: On Thanksgiving, 18-year-old Arlo Guthrie and his friend Richard Robbins, 19, were hauled into jail for illegally dumping some of Alice Brock's garbage near a deconsecrated church in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, after discovering that the dump was closed for Thanksgiving.

Two days later they pleaded guilty in court and were each fined $25 and told to pick up their garbage. This is the true story that inspired Guthrie's hit album, Alice's Restaurant, which rose to #17 on the Billboard chart. Police chief William Obanhein ('Officer Obie') played himself in the 1969 movie, as did Guthrie.

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