The following uncredited newspaper article describes the events that inspired folk singer Arlo Guthrie's 18-minute song "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree" which later became the
movie "Alice's Restaurant."
The "Great Barrington man" is Ray Brock. He and his wife Alice lived in an old converted church and had invited their friends Guthrie and Rick Robbins to Thanksgiving dinner. As
a gesture of thanks, Arlo and Rick offered to take out the garbage that had accumulated in the downstairs rooms of the former church the Brocks called "home."