Arlo, Alice, and Anglicans Paperback- Laura Lee

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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.

“The best unsolicited book received of late.” — Book Sense Bestseller Lists, PW Daily, August 24, 2000

…a tale that has begged to be told…(Lee) has managed to set the record straight on a few key points. — Judy Tarjanyi, Toledo

…such riveting detail that you almost feel that you have known the people involved all of your life. — Bill Caccia, Oldies Music topic, About.com

A fine eye for ironic detail… Guthrie fans… shouldn’t miss this book. — Dirty Linen, February/March 2001

Lee’s record of a community’s worship center can remind us that gathering together has its own kind of power. — Bethanne Kelly Patrick, Episcopal Life, March 2002

Seem(s) like best-selling fiction…extensive research…a dramatic ending… good reading all around. — The Paper (Hillsdale, NY) November 2000

Trinity reflects many of America’s transformations in microcosm… mines a fascinating topic. — Publisher’s Weekly, October 16, 2000

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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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