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Lee tells the story of Arlo and of the church belonging to Alice and Ray Brock.Freelance writer and former radio announcer Lee explores the history of Trinity Church in western Massachusetts, saying that "few churches... have had so many distinct and fascinating rebirths." Indeed, Trinity reflects many of America's transformations in microcosm: in the Gilded Age, it was a posh branch church of an Episcopalian parish. After it fell on hard times in the mid-20th century, it was deconsecrated and purchased by a "hippie" couple named Alice and Ray Brock in the early 1960s. They converted it into a home and a haven for countercultural youth. It was there, on Thanksgiving 1965, that musician Arlo Guthrie offered to take out the garbage from the meal and threw it down a local hill. His arrest for littering, and subsequent night in jail, resulted in the famous 18-minute song-cum-manifesto called "Alice's Restaurant" and a 1969 movie by the same name.
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Anyone who sang along with "Alice's Restaurant" will want to read this book! Assisted by first-hand accounts from Arlo Guthrie, Alice Brock, director Arthur Penn, friends, neighbors and former church members, Lee’s book relates the real and poignant story of the church where it all happened and in so doing reveals the complete true story behind the song and film "Alice's Restaurant." Arlo's fans are treated to an intimate glimpse of his life and work today, both musically and with the non-profit organization and interfaith spiritual center that are now housed in the famous church that he "had to buy." This book makes you remember the 1960s -- even if you think you can't!From the Inside Flap:
This is the story of Alice, and the restaurant. But Alice didn't live in the restaurant, she lived in the church nearby the restaurant... - Arlo Guthrie, “Alice’s Restaurant”
An entire generation fondly remembers Arlo Guthrie's song “Alice's Restaurant” and director Arthur Penn's film of the same name. In the song's mixture of whimsy and anger, moral outrage and absurdist humor, disaffected and disillusioned young people recognized themselves and their own responses to American life -- Arlo was their collective voice and the church-home of Alice was the setting.
Arlo, Alice, & Anglicans: The Lives of a New England Church is the first book to recount the story of the simple wooden structure that went on to Woodstock-era fame after its deconsecration and what that building meant to the communities it served. On the surface, it may seem that an Episcopalian congregation from turn of the century New England has little in common with the rebellious youths in the movie Alice's Restaurant. Yet there is much they share. Each group had its dream of the future, a dream that, for a time, drew people to this same sacred place. Then, all too suddenly, times changed; the communities disbanded; the building remained an empty shell for a new community to give it a new life.
There are few churches that have so many distinct and fascinating rebirths. Assisted by first-hand accounts from Arlo, Alice, director Arthur Penn, friends, neighbors and former church members, Laura Lee relates the real and poignant story of the church where it all happened and in so doing reveals the complete story behind the song and film "Alice's Restaurant." The book offers Arlo's fans an intimate glimpse of his life and work today, both musically and with the non-profit organization and interfaith spiritual center that are now housed in the famous church that he "had to buy."
Laura Lee is a freelance journalist and prolific author based in Stephentown, NY. The former actress and radio announcer writes for numerous magazines and newspapers.
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