Hendrix at Woodstock

Alexander Lynn

Jul 9

Loved Ones,

As we consider the appropriate and life-giving ways of mourning one of the most sorrowful days in the history of humanity — the day Americans celebrate U.S. imperialist slaughter — I offer you, as one way of grieving, one of the greatest protest songs in the history of this country.

James Marshall Hendrix’ rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock has no superior in exposing the vicious, genocidal and era defining character of U.S. war against the peoples world-wide. Indeed, is not the celebration of “the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,” the celebration of genocide? In recognition of the legacy which this rendition created, it has been observed that “After Woodstock [1969] all [Jimi] Hendrix concerts were in effect, that is, they were tantamount to, anti-war rallies”(Matthew Hill, June 21, 2010.)

In his effort to make sense of the perpetrators, Hendrix explained: “They’re just not in love…”

Part of grieving entails embracing, in a sober, accurate and thoroughgoing way, the exact nature of the crimes we, and the people of the world, are trying to recover from. Hendrix’ Star Spangled Banner is a ritual in the pantheon of righteous identification of the character of this dying social system.

Enjoy your day.


The Star Spangled Banner, Jimi Hendrix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKAwPA14Ni4