In 1967, I bought the "Alice's Restaurant" album. I brought it to school. We had a student teacher in my senior English class, who let me play it for my classmates. It was a hit. Shortly after the album was over, the bell rang to end our class period. When we exited, we were surprised to see students from other classrooms, who had been standing outside the door listening, still there. So popular, so reflective of the times, it was mass appeal...a "happening" as we used to say back in the day. I've seen Arlo a few times in concert. The last time I saw him, around 2007, I brought my old album with me, and after the show I asked him to sign it. He was most polite listening to my story about the English class hearing it in 1967 (like he hasn't heard thousands of similar tales) and signed the cover of the album. Unfortunately, as you can see in this photo, I wasn't able to scan the entire album front, but Arlo's signature is quite clear.
copyright: Marc Catone, 2015