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One of the greatest and most controversial renditions of "The Star Spangled Banner" was Jimi Hendrix's solo guitar performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Hendrix played the anthem with a number of distorted regressions (such as mimicking planes, bombs, and screams in reference to the Vietnam War), to great acclaim from the audience. The performance still has a number of detractors. It was voted 52nd on the list of the 100 greatest guitar solos of all time by readers of… read more

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  • Avatar for moforte1
    Here is a version with 3 feedback distortion guitars. Sounds like Jimi x 3: http://youtu.be/-wcNiCwMHCk
  • Avatar for o-MacGyver-o
    Love it!!!
  • Avatar for wiwaU2
    GIVE PEACE A CHANCE :-)
  • Avatar for Oppressotron
    This isn't the live version that I'm used to. The live at Woodstock version, with the dive bombing wammy bar, wailing for the dead distortion, should be the real Anthem.
  • Avatar for yammi_50
    Sounds like [artist]Vangelis[/artist].
  • Avatar for sG4RYt
    Horrible tone... but a classic!
  • Avatar for ThisDominon
    I'd like to hear them play this in cafe's and airports.
  • Avatar for Blue_Key
    top 10 guitar performances ever.
  • Avatar for H0USE-MD
    This guitar crys freedom. A power yet to be matched.
  • Avatar for oldiesfanjohn
    am partial to his Woodstock jam !

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