Welcome to episode 28 of See Hear Podcast.
It's Bernie's selection this month, and he's gone for a film based on a song. It's the Arthur Penn-directed "Alice's Restaurant" based on the song of the same name by Arlo Guthrie.
The original song / monologue was a funny (allegedly true) tale about how Arlo gets arrested for dumping garbage away from the city dump and then gets rejected from being drafted to fight in the Vietnam war. He's not moral enough to kill people because of his "criminal record" as a litterbug.
The film tells this tale, but (by necessity) fleshes out the story into an episodic series of events concerning Arlo, his friends Ray and Alice, the hippies they become surrogate parents to, and conservative America at war with itself as well as being at war on the world stage.
The music connection? Well it is based on a song, but music was a huge part of the counter culture of the period. Arlo is caught up in the values and the music of his predecessors as well as his contemporaries. Hear what Bernie, Tim and Maurice thought.
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