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Fifty years ago, Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock anthem expressed the hopes and fears of a nation

Updated : August 15, 2019 12:48 PM IST

In the 19th century, it was common practice to write new lyrics to old songs as a way to comment on politics and culture – a tradition known as broadside balladry.
Some might think Hendrix’s Woodstock Banner was an on-the-spot improvisation. But he had actually been experimenting with the song for over a year, and he would continue to perform the anthem up until his untimely death in September 1970.
Fifty years ago, Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock anthem expressed the hopes and fears of a nation

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