Jimi Hendrix Gets Political
(link to performance here)
At 1:20 Jimi Hendrix gets political during his landmark rendition of The Stars Spangled Banner at Woodstock.
At 1:20 Jimi Hendrix begins a sonic portrait of horror so visceral that it seeps into our parallel senses. We hear machine gun fire and Hueys flying over head. Our nostrils fill with the smell of cordite, diesel, napalm, and the cheap weed exhaled from so many bewildered GIs. Our retinas marked by the flash of phosphor, multicolored tracers, and the canopy of flares defying gravity and the end-of-day. Our ears pierced by the groans of dying soldiers, the cries of new orphans, and the shrieks mothers scrambling amongst burning tinders.
Jimi Hendrix took a lot of heat for this at the time. It my view, this performance stands equal to Picasso's "Guernica" as an "artist's testament" against war.