The always reliable Deborah Solomon interviewed folk singer and activist Arlo Guthrie in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine. The one (very long) hit wonder and son of Woody Guthrie made some noteworthy observations. (Has there ever been an interview with Arlo that didn’t mention his legendary father? The man’s dead more than 40 years.)
Goaded by Solomon into an unnecessary defense of Woodstock, Guthrie said, “We’re still talking about it. How many other events from 1969 are we still talking about?” Gee, I dunno, Arlo. A week ago we celebrated the human race stepping foot on that big rock a quarter million miles away that we always look at and write goofy songs about. That was in 1969. The Stonewall riots in New York ushered in the gay rights movement, and Charles Manson’s followers murdered actress Sharon Tate and others in a bid to usher in a race war. Ted Kennedy had a driving mishap on Chappaquiddick Island that got a bit of press coverage, too.