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American Icons: Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Star-Spangled Banner’

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A watercolor of Jimi Hendrix.

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In 1969, Jimi Hendrix's performance of the national anthem at Woodstock hit like a shock wave.

With its distortion and chaos, it sounded like a rupture in something sacred. Two music scholars and two rock guitarists put together the pieces.

(Originally aired November 19, 2010)

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