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Jimi Hendrix Woodstock 45th Anniversary

45 Years Later: Remembering Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock PerformanceAugust 13, 2014

On August 18, 1969 Jimi Hendrix made history with his nearly two hour set at the Woodstock Music Festival. Notably, the performance included his version of the Star Spangled Banner, which is now symbolic of an entire era.

The set, which was the longest of Hendrix’s career to date, got underway that Monday morning at 9:00 am due to several delays. By then, most of the Woodstock audience had already left. However, those that stuck around got to witness a truly iconic performance.

One of the most memorable moments of his performance came when about midway through his two hour set, he launched into his version of the Star Spangled Banner.

“I’m an American, so I played it,” he explained to TV talk show host Dick Cavett in the video below.


1. Message of Love

2. Getting My Heart Back Together Again > Hear My Train a Comin’

3. Spanish Castle Magic

4. Red House

5. Mastermind

6. Lover Man

7. Foxy Lady

8. Beginning > Jam Back at the House

9. Izabella

10. Gypsy Woman / Aware of Love

11. Fire

12. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

13. Stepping Stone

14. Star Spangled Banner

15. Purple Haze

16. Woodstock Improvisation

17. Villanova Junction

18. Hey Joe (Encore)


Check out some videos from his performance below including Voodoo Child (Slight Return) and the Star Spangled Banner.




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