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Flashback Fifty – Jimi Hendrix, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows Play Woodstock

Photo I took at Woodstock. Mark Goff  •   Wikimedia Commons  (Rainbow hacked.)

Photo I took at Woodstock. Mark Goff Wikimedia Commons (Rainbow hacked.)

Fifty years ago, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows played the Star-Spangled Banner, ending Woodstock.

“Jimi Hendrix was the last act to perform at the festival. Because of the rain delays that Sunday, when Hendrix finally took the stage it was 8:30 Monday morning. The audience, which had peaked at an estimated 400,000 during the festival, was now reduced to about 30,000 by that point; many of them merely waited to catch a glimpse of Hendrix before leaving during his performance. Hendrix and his new band, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows (introduced as The Experience, but this was corrected by Hendrix, and he added: "You could call us a Band of Gypsies") performed a two-hour set. His psychedelic rendition of the U.S. national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner" occurred about three-quarters into the set (after which he segued into "Purple Haze"). The song would become "part of the sixties Zeitgeist" as it was captured forever in the Woodstock film; Hendrix's image performing this number wearing a blue-beaded white leather jacket with fringe and a red head scarf has since been regarded as a defining moment of the 1960s.” • Wikipedia

Video Clip: Jimi Hendrix - National Anthem U.S.A (Woodstock 1969)