Jimi Hendrix, “Star Spangled Banner”

Jimi Hendrix, “Star Spangled Banner.”

This is the very famous version from Woodstock, 1969. Too bad I was too young for that at age 12, otherwise I should have gone for sure. It’s pure noise but I love it, so what! So sue me! I don’t believe this song was recorded before Woodstock but I might be mistaken.

The intro here is by Little Richard, yeah he was gay as Hell but so what, he was great anyway. The end is Jimi Hendrix on the Jimmy Carson Show. Anyone remember him? I do! Listen to how soft his voice is. And check out that hippie getup. Dig it, man, dig it! Love that peace sign at the end too.

I’m not sure if I met a lot of them, but from what I recall, most Black hippies were pretty cool. I think I met a Black hippie in 1978 when I drove my ice cream truck and of course sold pot and hash out of it on the side like the old Dragnet shows. One night after work, we were smoking hash in my car with this hippie dude with an “Eat the Rich” shirt and this Black hippie dude. The Black dude was playing a Parliament Funkadelic tape. That was funk, some sort of psychedelic post-hippie weirdness. You have to go look it up on Wikipedia. Those guys were too much. They were freaks!

Black hippies acted more like hippies than Black people. They didn’t act much different from the  White hippies. I’m not sure there were a lot of problems with them either. Maybe it was self-selection or maybe the  peace love dope hippie scene calmed them down, who knows? I’d much rather see Blacks wearing hippie getup, dropping acid, and flashing peace signs than acting like ghetto rappers and destroying cities and being pissed off for no reason over retard causes like BLM.

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