Discussion in 'Song and Band Battles' started by Hurdy Gurdy Man, Mar 11, 2017.
Did he? I thought he got invalided out with a bad back before he could be sent?
Actually looks like you are correct.
But he was notable for his support.
Right. I knew Jimi served in the military so the National Anthem actually meant something to him. I was talking about the crowd being hippies who for the most part opposed the war (and the crowd represented an entire generation of hippie kids who likely also opposed the war -- and probably for no other reason than it was fashionable to do so). I think the organizers may have also been anti-establishment, but ironically the freedom they had to put on an event such as that came at the expense of those who gave their lives fighting for that freedom. Sometimes "War Isn't The Answer" isn't the answer. But, yeah, the anthem meant something to Jimi. Maybe that was Jimi's way of protesting against the protesters. So for all those reasons intertwined and intermingled together, Hendrix playing the National Anthem is the high point of Woodstock to me. It was an iconic moment then, and it should still mean something today, 48 years later.
I don't think Jimi was pro-Nam. Anyone can be a nationalist, love his country and be pro-peace. Many artists and hippies were true Americans, but anti-Nam. I don't really see the ambiguity of this
In If 6 was 9, Jimi sings he doesn't care if all the hippies cut off all of their hair but also sings I'll fly my freak high. Those lyrics say it all on the Woodstock generation.
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