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"If I made records for my own pleasure, I would only record Charley Patton songs." - Bob Dylan

Hendrix Deneutered T-Mobile Hijacks Song for Financial Gain

T-Mobile hijacks Jimi Hendrix

When Jimi Hendrix stepped out at the end of the Woodstock festival, he had an audacious and magnificent notion.  He played the United States National Anthem solo.  It was extraordinary.  He managed to capture in a brief solo everything right and wrong about the song, and at the time, the country.  Could Hendrix play the sound of bombs bursting over Vietnam?  Have you HEARD it?

It was one of the boldest artistic creations of the 20th century.  Mind you, this was a time when merely wearing an American shirt could get you arrested.  The war had raged for years, thousands were dying daily (yes, daily) under an onslaught of American bombing runs…and Hendrix had the guts to perform The hallowed Star Spangled Banner in public, at an anti-war festival which nearly established a country within a country:  American people opposed to the war who still loved America.

To have that moment used, cheapened and stolen in order to help a near monopoly sell time on the once virtually public airwaves, which we should own as citizens,  is an insult of the highest order.  They don't even credit him.  Watch it, but please don't support it.  This is what you get when a production assistant with no idea of history makes musical selections. 

Don't even get me started on the Geico Motorcycle insurance ad using THE ALLMAN BROTHERS, two of whom DIED riding them.