Jimmy Hendrix was a well know guitar player that came out of the sixties and it could be said that the pivotal moment in Jimmy Hendrix’ career and when it reached its peak was at the Woodstock festival which was held on a dairy farm in New York state from 15th – 18th August as long ago as 1969. Woodstock is widely regarded as being the pivotal moment of the hippy movement which also reached it’s peak in 1969 – so who better to stand on that pivotal moment and mountain peak with the message for America and the whole world? – none other than Jimmy Hendrix himself!
Jimmy Hendrix was well known by his generation as a man who could actually make his guitar speak. He both shocked his own generation and America and the world when he stood in his own individualistic spirit with his own individualistically tailored message which he called “Star Spangled Banner” and then rang out this message via speaking through the very strings of his guitar. His guitar playing literally cried out to his generation and to America and the world without uttering a word verbally and yet the message was heard loud and clear via his guitar playing in which he exposed America as being hell-bent and as being a warmongering nation. His guitar literally screamed out to the audience, to America, and to the world, and spelt out via that music that America was doomed! His guitar playing cried out Woe! Woe! Woe! to America!!!! Woe! Woe! Woe! for every bomb that America was dropping on foreign countries and Jimmy Hendrix made this point by playing out the very sound of those bombs that America was dropping at that particular time period on Vietnam. He was telling the world that America wasn’t such a great nation, that all it was bringing was hell to the world. He was telling his audience that their cause and their struggle with America was not over yet. The hippie generation of that time did carry a message of peace & love and a message also which pretty much preached that we need to get back to nature and some even took it as far as saying that we need to get back to the very Garden of Eden.
The hippie generation did tend to get tripped off into all kinds of drugs although on the other hand, some of these drugs were being used as a method of soul searching and spirit searching and trying to get to understand what life was really all about so a lot of hippies back then took drugs like LSD and smoked dope as a means to spirituality, they felt that the world had failed them in this, that the churches had failed them in this and so they were also known as the truth seeking generation and Jimmy Hendrix sure had his moment of truth when he gave this message to the world which he called “Star Spangled Banner.” A message which is still true today as it ever was and as it was back then, that America is a country that is largely founded upon war and so Jimmy Hendrix’ music still cries out today as it did back then in 1969 – Woe! Woe! Woe! to America!!! Woe! Woe! Woe! for every bomb that you drop on foreign soil, Woe! Woe! Woe! for every man, woman, and child, that you both kill and maim. Woe! Woe! Woe! for you will reap what you sow!
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man (nation) soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)