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Rock's Most Patriotic Moment

Woodstock yielded many memorable moments, but none were as iconic as what took place the morning of August 18, 1969.

After weather conditions delayed his festival closing set until Monday morning, Jimi Hendrix took the stage for a two-hour performance that included his now classic rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner."  Nearly 47 years later, it remains one of the quintessential performances of the National Anthem of all time.

We're not sure what Francis Scott Key would've thought about the Hendrix version, but if he were alive today, we're sure he'd appreciate the royalties that resulted from the performance.

God bless rock and roll, and may God bless America.

 

Jimi Hendrix - Star Spangled Banner (Woodstock 1969)

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.