Arlo Davy Guthrie was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of folk singer and composer Woody Guthrie and his wife Marjorie Mazia Guthrie. His sister is Nora Guthrie. His mother was a one-time professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of the Committee to Combat Huntington’s disease, the disease that took her husband’s life in 1967. His maternal grandmother was renowned Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt.
Guthrie’s mother was Jewish, and he received religious training for his bar mitzvah from Rabbi Meir Kahane, who would go on to form the Jewish Defense League. „Rabbi Kahane was a really nice, patient teacher,“ Guthrie later recalled, „but shortly after he started giving me my lessons, he started going haywire. Maybe I was responsible.“ Guthrie attended Woodward School in Clinton Hill Brooklyn 1st through 8th grades and later graduated from the Stockbridge School, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in 1965, and briefly attended Rocky Mountain College. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Westfield State College, in 2008.
As a singer, songwriter and lifelong political activist, Guthrie carries on the legacy of his legendary father. He was awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience award on September 26, 1992.
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