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In 1969: Hendrix covered Francis Scott Key’s landmark hit

In 1969, on the last day of the legendary Woodstock music festival and with most of the crowd already gone, Jimi Hendrix closed the event with a cacophonous, acid rock rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Some were offended. They called it “a rape of the national anthem.” Others felt the performance was a protest against "an unnecessary war and an affirmation of aspects of the American experiment entirely worth fighting for."

Regardless of its political implications, based solely on musical innovation, creativity and raw talent, Hendrix's iconic performance at Woodstock in 1969 has lived far beyond his 27 years on earth.

Set in 1969, MUSTANG TO PADUCAH, follows the madcap travails of two Miami hippies returning a car for a tourist from Kentucky who find themselves as the prime suspects in a multiple murder. You can read the first chapter of this zany adventure free using the Look Inside feature on Amazon:


The Period Pieces Blog curates fun facts from the 1960s inspired by the novel Mustang to Paducah by Raul Ramos y Sanchez.

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