The bill at Woodstock read, “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace and Music”. Thousands gathered to advocate for peace and protest the government. One of the most notable performers on hand was Jimi Hendrix. About 3/4 of the way through his set, he played his rendition of the Star Spangled banner. In his psychedelic version, he used feedback and sustain on his guitar to recreate the sound of wails and falling rockets. Needless to say, music pundits were quick to brand it as an outcry against the Vietnam War. When asked about it he said “We’re all Americans. . .it was like ‘Go America!”

Either way, this is one of the most popular versions of the Star Spangled Banner. In the context of where and when it was played, it is no doubt a magnificent sight.

Why aren’t there more songs at the top of the charts which scream patriotism? Or am I wrong and they are actually out there?

Should there be an emphasis [to the artists by the people/other media] on including the red, white, and blue in music?

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