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July 19, 2010

Arlo Guthrie Ditches Runaway Peace Train

60s/70s counter culture icon Arlo Guthrie,  known for his protest and social justice ballads during the Vietnam War, declares for conservatism.

When singer Arlo Guthrie appeared at the Columbia Festival of the Arts last month, he steered clear of politics. So what he told Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post came like a bolt from the blue: He’s now a registered Republican.

Hey, this is Arlo Guthrie we’re talking about — son of famed Dust Bowl protest singer Woody Guthrie and himself a long-haired icon of the draft-dodging ’60s . … “Flying into Los Angeles, bringing in a couple of keys.” You know? That Arlo Guthrie … a reconstituted conservative?

Weingarten was clearly dumbstruck by the revelation —  as, no doubt, were many of his colleagues in the national media.


Washington Post Magazine humorist Gene Weingarten reacted badly in his Sunday column to the discovery that folk singer Arlo Guthrie is now a registered Republican: “By becoming a Republican, Arlo Guthrie has shredded the last remnants of my faith that our hippie principles had any lasting meaning. How can he do this to us? I’m a peaceable man, but if I had a hammer…”


1 Comment »

  1. Gene Weingarten and many others of his ilk have never really gone beyond “Puff The Magic Dragon”. What’s worse, they still think Commie dreck like Seger, the Weavers, and countless pale imitators of that pabulum had any musical value whatsoever.

    Comment by Thorvald — July 20, 2010 @ 06:40

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