Back in the day, unless you owned a song on cassette tape, you just had to wait for the radio to play it. The pleasure in listening to Alice’s Restaurant was almost entirely in its rarity: you heard the 18-minute-long song on the radio exactly once a year, on Thanksgiving. Now, of course, you can listen to Alice’s Restaurant on demand. But I must encourage you this Thanksgiving to be a Walt Longmire, not an Arlo Guthrie.
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