Jimi Hendrix Headlines Woodstock Festival – Black History Month
Jimi Hendrix's performance at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969, was uncertain, unusual and unpolished. But that's exactly what makes this his most recognized moment in music.
The three-day rock festival brought out over 300,000 people. Those who stuck around to witness his late performance received an introduction to Hendrix's new band, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows -- he had disbanded the Experience earlier that year.
Accounts on his performance that day state he was more experimental than usual because he and his newly formed group were still not familiar with playing together. His live rendition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' during his two-hour set is noted as one of the greatest guitar performances of all time.
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