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Showing posts with label Jimi Hendrix. Show all posts
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Jon S. Randal: A Few Days At Woodstock

Jon S. Randal's photo.

August 17, 2015
He was the closing act, scheduled to perform on the third and final day of Woodstock, Sunday, August 17, but because of the delays and the length of the other performances, it was 8 a.m. on Monday morning when Jimi Hendrix finally appeared and launched into arguably the most memorable performance of Woodstock.

During the height of the Vietnam war, in the midst of continued civil rights unrest throughout the nation, amidst the stench of the garbage strewn about a muddy field after three days of peace and music, with only 30,000 to 40,000 people still remaining after many had already gone home, Jimi Hendrix surprised and shocked the remaining crowd with his own interpretation of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Some called it uplifting, some called it disrespectful, some called it haunting and eerie, but it was trademark Hendrix, using amplifier feedback to convey the sounds of bombs falling, jets flying overhead, and what sounded like the cries of human anguish.

After Woodstock, Hendrix appeared on the Dick Cavett show, and was asked what he felt about the controversy.

Hendrix replied, “I don’t know, man. All I did was play it. I’m American, so I played it. I used to sing it in school. They made me sing it in school, so it was a flashback.”

Before Hendrix finished what he was saying, Cavett interrupted, warning the audience that before they start sending in "nasty letters" complaining about Hendrix and the "unorthodox way" he performed the national anthem, they should know that “This man was in the 101st Airborne."

Hendrix then respectfully disagreed with Cavett’s description. “I didn’t think it was unorthodox,” he said. “I thought it was beautiful.”

One critic agreed, saying, "Because he interpreted ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ it gave it a meaning that was closer to where we were all coming from. There wasn’t anti-American sentiment. It was anti-war sentiment. He brought it home to us in a way nobody ever had.”

And, years later in a film produced and written by Bob Dylan, the rock critic character played by Jeff Bridges would go into this speed rap about what Hendrix's Star Spangled Banner was all about, a black man, wearing a costume honoring his Native American heritage and "that it was not a protest, it was not negative, but rather a cry of despair and love, and that what it said was, ‘I’m a native son. This belongs to me, the anthem and the country.’

August 16, 2015

Jon S. Randal

On the second day of Woodstock, Saturday, August 16, 1969, an unknown band would take the stage, a band that hadn't even released their debut album. By the time they left, they were one of Woodstock's breakout acts, closing their set with the instrumental 'Soul Sacrifice,' a funky, percussion-fueled dynamo that would propel the group, simply known as Santana.

The group's leader, Carlos Santana, who would be named one of the greatest guitarists of all time, would also be a voice for civil rights, speaking out on immigration issues, saying, “One day there will be no borders, no boundaries, no flags and no countries and the only passport will be the heart.”

Regarding war in the world, he would say, "Peace has never come from dropping bombs. Real peace comes from enlightenment and educating people to behave more in a divine manner."

After all, he would add, "The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace."


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July...A Musical Rendition From a Virtroso Performer From A Time When Life Was Good

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Jimi Hendrix Star Spangled Banner...Woodstock 1969


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Woodstock: On The Day Woodstock Closed.. 45 Years Past

Woodstock 1969: All the Performers, All the Songs

woodstock event poster
This weekend marks the 45th anniversary of Woodstock, known originally as The Woodstock Music and Art Fair 1969.
Much has been written about Woodstock’s place in history. I would like to add a personal note about how Woodstock has influenced me.
I was 12 years old in 1969. No, I was not in attendance at the time. Heck, I didn’t even know it was going on until afterward. Popular music was a big part of my life in ’69, but my access to music was limited to AM Top 40 radio – namely, WHB out of Kansas City. If they didn’t play it on Top 40 radio, I didn’t know about it. This was long before radio stations split the programming formats up according to music genre; Top 40 included almost everything that wasn’t considered country. We didn’t have radio stations that targeted specific audiences like we do today. That is of course, unless you wanted to hear all country music all the time or all talk radio all the time, then AM Top 40 was what you were left with. FM radio, at least in rural areas such as mine, was reserved for local programming.
When we bought pre-recorded music in the late 60′s, we usually picked up the 45-rpm single. The record stores where I purchased them devoted almost all of their space to 45s. There were a few LPs, but they didn’t get the shelve space that 45s got. Sure we bought albums, but we only bought the ones we thought we’d like based on the album cuts that had been released as singles and received play on AM Top 40 radio. This meant most of the albums we owned were greatest hits collections of our favorite Top 40 artists. Now, we were aware that a separate culture existed for album rock, but we didn’t have access to it; if it wasn’t Top 40, we generally didn’t know about it. I did get my first taste of album rock during ’69 when I was able to pick up Beaker Street out of Little Rock – an AM radio program that we could often get late at night in northern Missouri – but this was only a small taste of what was going on outside the world of top 40. In the day, this was called underground music.
When Woodstock came along though, this was when things changed. That first album of highlights from the show, the second album, and the film, all introduced me to a new world of music – popular and talented performers whom I had not heard of and in many cases had not heard at all. It was all phenomenal music that hadn’t been released on 45s, and therefore didn’t play on a top 40 radio station.
We were opened up to a whole new world of music, one that was politically motivated, and that we hadn’t heard before because it wouldn’t have passed the discriminating ear of the Top 40′s censors. Read more after break below

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Jimi Hendrix in Stockholm

Jimi Hendrix

It is just one of those days, when I cannot help to succumb to the memories......

Hey Joe....................18:45 minutes mark or shorter verison below!!!  "Yes, I did , I shot her , I caught her messin around town......"

Recently Greatest "rock" Guitar player by Rolling Stone Magazine.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Jimi Hendrix: Rolling Stone Magazine Names Greatest Guitarist Ever

Rolling Stone Names Jimi Hendrix # 1 Rock Guitarist out of Top 100.

Jimi Hendrix
WOOD STOCK "Star Spangled Banner " 1969

November 23, 2011

Jimi Hendrix Named Greatest Guitarist Of All Time By Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone Magazine remains one of the most noted ‘alternative’ publications in modern U.S. History. The magazine has  chronicled  and archived more Pop-culture and Left leaning  revolutionary (used in a positive and social cultures sense) material than you and I can read on our IPads in a month’s time.  But of course, Rolling Stone magazine is world-renowned for its chronicling of rock Music; its heroes, tragedies, recognition (awards) and critic.

If you want to read politics from a perspective that is unmatched in the nation: Rolling Stone is your publication.  Also, the Matt Taibb and his TaibbiBlog has become a quotable source of investigative reporting. Taibb’s investigative reporting on wall street may be unmatched, in my opinion.
After many years of listening to classic Rock Music, after downloading thousands of rock songs dating back to the mid 1960s, and after loading an IPOD with the 500 Top Rock Guitar Songs, I am very pleased to find that Rolling Stone has declared the Top Guitar  player of all time.  Of course, we know Rolling Stone references Rock Music Guitar.

If you know little of Jimi Hendrix beyond, Purple HazeFoxy Lady, and All Along the Watch Tower, you have missed an  important   part  of u.S. sub-culture.

I am certain Rolling Stone’s decision will be widely questioned but one should consider listing to Hendrix’s renditions of “Star Spangled Banner ”(at Woodstock), and Machine Gun (w/Buddy Miles and Bill Cox.  Available on YouTube.

Wiki on Hendrix..... Brandon Harris Wiki Programmer

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942[1][2]– September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest guitarist in musical history,[3][4][5] and one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres.[6][7][8]  

After initial success in Europe with his group The Jimi Hendrix Experience, he achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, Hendrix headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. He often favored raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and helped develop the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback.[9]

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  1. Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsies (Buddy Miles and Bill Cox)


ROLLING STONE Magazine (Linked above)