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No Forth of July would be complete for me without listening to two music performances.

First, the legendary rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock in 1969. Just as time is divided into B.C. and A.D my life is divided into B.H, and A.H., for before and after I discovered Jimi Hendrix, who has ever since been my favorite guitarist. And, second, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture played by the Boston Pops on the Esplanade. I have the 1976 Bicentennial version conducted by Arthur Fiedler. I was there somewhere in that crowd of over 250,000 people that night.

I invite you to join me for my annual ritual of reinvigoration, recharge, and nostalgia for these incredible times in our history, and an amazing performances.    

Jimi Hendrix: Star Spangled Banner @ Woodstock 1969

How I wish Jimi Hendrix hadn't died so young.

Can you imagine him coming out each year to play this for us had he lived?

And here is the 1976 Bicentennial Performance of the 1812 Overture conducted by Arthur Fiedler. I was there somewhere in that crowd. Sadly, this recording does not contain the lower register vibrations of the cannons and titanium bomb fireworks that shook through one's whole body. BTW this tape does not contain the fireworks display that came after this for some reason. If 18 minutes is too long for you can slide the knob up to about 15:30 for the crescendo.

Boston Pops 1812 July 4, 1976 Bicentennial


Boston Pops 1812 July 4, 1976 Bicentennial

Well, Happy Forth of July kogs.

Be safe.

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  •  Tip Jar (39+ / 0-)

    Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

    by HoundDog on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 07:13:18 PM PDT

  •  Okay, someone please tell me: (6+ / 0-)

    How did the music that was written to commemorate the Russian victory over Napoleon become an American patriotic classic?

    It's the cannon, isn't it?

  •  two of my best pals (8+ / 0-)

    were there at Woodstock.  
    I was sick, couldn't go.
    For many years, the university of Texas radio station signed off at midnight with this.
    I have no idea if they still do.

  •  Thanks, HoundDog (6+ / 0-)

    My favorite rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.  And I loved seeing Arthur Fiedler again.  I wasn't there in 1976 but went a couple of years earlier.  Quite a party!  I'm pretty sure I saw a bottle of Boone's Farm apple wine being passed around in the crowd in that video.

    Happy 4th to you, too.

    •  They checked for alcohol. So we smuggled it it my (3+ / 0-)
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      mixing rum into two of the large bottles of Coca Cola. And, hid those under a big cooler of fried chicken.

      Or course back in 1976, I had some friends who used to partake in illicit substances. So we showed up 12 hours in advance,, along with about a million other people, with big blankets with marijuana brownies, and some were even tripping.

      The only problem is they only planned porta potties for a hundred thousand people so a lot of folks where hopping around.

      That make have been where some of the punk traditions of jumping around so much started. It was actually just Boston rockers who had to pee really badly. And a lot of little baby future mosh pit headbangers figured this was the way to really get down.

      So when they grew up, they started up all this jumping around thinking it was really cool.

      Its amazing how cultural traditions get started if people really knew the truth.

      Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

      by HoundDog on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 09:03:46 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for the wayyyy back, HD... n/t (5+ / 0-)

    "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." - 17th-century French clergyman and statesman Cardinal Richelieu.

    by markthshark on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 07:57:53 PM PDT

    •  I was photographing (11+ / 0-)

      an indian rodeo in Stroud, Oklahoma in 1988. At most rodeos around here, they play that horrible song by Lee Underwood and I cannot remember the name of it now. Anyway, it is kitschy, dull and I can't stand it.

      I was standing outside the fence of the arena waiting for the grand entry. Only one  guy was in the speaker's stand. All at once The Star Spangled Banner burst forth from the speakers and it was Jimi Hendrix. I jumped about 3 feet in the air and looked around to see how everyone else was reacting. Shock was the only way I can describe their expressions. Just pure shock. And Thurman let it play out to the end. It was wonderful! Stroud, Oklahoma. Jimi Hendrix. Indian rodeo. It don't get much better than that.

      I spoke to him later and asked if he wanted to be kicked out of the Sac-Fox tribe. He said "this may well do it". :)

      Thanks, HD, for the memory.

      “Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” ― Mary Oliver

      by weezilgirl on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 08:22:55 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for sharing the great story Weezilgirl. (1+ / 0-)
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        Good to see you. Did you get the internet thing worked out?

        Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

        by HoundDog on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 09:06:00 PM PDT

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        •  Yes. I screamed and acted the village idiot (1+ / 0-)
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          and they admitted that I did not have the service I was paying for. I got three free months and a complete update to the fastest service they have.

          “Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” ― Mary Oliver

          by weezilgirl on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 09:44:25 PM PDT

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  •  Hendrix/Boston Pops (4+ / 0-)
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    Tremendous! Thank you, Hound Dog, so much for posting this! Will you be posting Arlo's Alice's Restaurant for T'Day?

    •  Yes! I did it twice before, I can't believe I (4+ / 0-)
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      forgot this last few years. What was I thinking.

      And I was supposed to post this under Now For Something Completely Different.

      I need to get a cool masthead for that.  That was supposed to be my main signature gig.

      I need a manager.

      I'm too much of the "Born to Be Wild" free spirit for my own good.

      Thanks for reminding me.

      Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

      by HoundDog on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 09:10:56 PM PDT

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  •  Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock Star Spangled Banner ... (8+ / 0-)

    is one of those historical events that I would have liked to have witnessed in person.


    If you’ve become a crusty old fart, may I suggest a change in diet?

    by glb3 on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 08:20:06 PM PDT

    •  I was there. Where else would a 19 y/o from ups... (2+ / 0-)
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      I was there. Where else would a 19 y/o from upstate NY be that summer? Most had left by that morning but that allowed me to get down front, stage left. Little did I know it was a "historical event".

      •  My Mom bought property near by (1+ / 0-)
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        WE were cleaning up that weekend for the house warming the next weekend.

        I heard some electric guitar I think Saturday night, but had no idea what was going on not 6 miles away.

        SO at the house party 2 people told us,  hey we were just up here last weekend, there was this giant concert. LOL.

        .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

        by Roger Fox on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 09:04:32 AM PDT

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    •  My husband was there! (1+ / 0-)
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      He was eight years old.

      His father told his mother that it was a bluegrass festival. She remained in the camper most of the weekend, entirely appalled. I don't think she ever forgave him.

      Bear says he blames this for his generally positive attitude towards nudity, sexuality, drugs, and music. (grin)

      Help me get my utilities on! I can't eat this elephant by myself. http://www.gofundme.com/8xw014

      by Alexandra Lynch on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 09:32:08 AM PDT

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  •  Lucky to have seen Jimi in concert months before (9+ / 0-)

    he died.

    In Honolulu.  I remember everything including how loud it was and the girl I went with though she has since passed on as well.

    Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps makes as much sense as trying to pick up a chair while you're still sitting in it.

    by Ammo Hauler on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 08:33:53 PM PDT

  •  the.best.rendition.ever. (2+ / 0-)
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    worst.ever:

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 08:35:29 PM PDT

  •  And here is my annual whine about missing it. (6+ / 0-)

    The morning after the last day of Woodstock I woke up in dew wet muddy grass not remembering which band I was listening to when i passed out. But the band that was on was Sha-Na-Na. Not my favorite by a long shot and the "comic" lead singer Bowser was even more annoying than usual. So we three left for the trek to the car. About a football field away from the stage we just left we heard Jimi starting up and as I turned to go back the other two went all adult on me 1) we had seen him several times, and 2) if you go back to see him you will be walking back to NYC by yourself. I did not go back and I never saw him again.  In the Woodstock movie it looks like he played sometime in Middle of the festival. No. He was AFAIK the last act.

    Life is just a bowl of Cherries, that stain your hands and clothes and have pits that break your teeth.

    by OHdog on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 09:10:09 PM PDT

  •  On his show, Dick Cavett mentioned to Hendrix (8+ / 0-)

    about his Star Spangled Banner, that 'people always have concerns about these unconventional versions' and Hendrix said, "See, to me it's not unconventional."

    Not a spoof, not a sendup; and you could really hear the 'ah' from the audience as they got his meaning.

  •  Hendrix (5+ / 0-)

    Greil Marcus called the Woodstock performance of the Star Spangled Banner the best protest song ever.  I agree.

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 09:15:07 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for a splendid spangled ending to the.. (2+ / 0-)
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    night.
    I just finished watching Feel Like Going Home, which I got free from the local library.
    It was a great movie to watch on Independence Day.

    Feel Like Going Home
    Directed by Martin Scorsese
    Written by Peter Guralnick

    Director Martin Scorsese (The Last Waltz, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York) pays homage to the Delta blues. Musician Corey Harris travels through Mississippi and on to West Africa, exploring the roots of the music. The film celebrates the early Delta bluesmen through original performances (including Willie King, Taj Mahal, Otha Turner, and Ali Farka Toure) and rare archival footage (featuring Son House, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker).

    Says Scorsese: "I've always felt an affinity for blues music — the culture of storytelling through music is incredibly fascinating and appealing to me. The blues have great emotional resonance and are the foundation for American popular music."

    Performances in Feel Like Going Home
    Corey Harris
    John Lee Hooker *
    Son House *
    Salif Keita
    Habib Koité
    Taj Mahal
    Ali Farka Toure
    Otha Turner
    Muddy Waters *
    Keb' Mo'
    Willie King
    Lead Belly *

    *indicates archival performance

    Interviews in Feel Like Going Home
    Corey Harris
    Sam Carr
    Toumani Diabate
    Willie King
    Dick Waterman
    Taj Mahal
    Johnny Shines *
    Otha Turner
    Ali Farka Toure
    Habib Koité
    Salif Keita
    Keb' Mo'

    I share a birthday with John Lennon and Bo Obama.

    by peacestpete on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 09:39:15 PM PDT

  •  Now, this is what _should_ be (2+ / 0-)
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    our national anthem:

    The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

    by raboof on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 04:33:00 AM PDT

  •  My 1st two albums (2+ / 0-)
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    left over from a party my parents held, Led Zep II & Santana Abraxas. I claimed them for myself the next day.

    Anyway two of my favorite Woodstock performances are Jimi & Carlos. Perhaps one of the best Woodstock performances was Santana doing "Soul Sacrifice" highlighted by 19 yr old Michael Shrieve's drumming, on a small kit, Mike burns the house down, watch at about 6:20 he flat out rips it.

    Woof, TnR

    .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 08:58:25 AM PDT

  •  HD (0+ / 0-)

    I'm so old, my kid brother went to Woodstock!  Thank you for this!

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 09:56:19 AM PDT

  •  Thanks Hounddg, although I was not quite yet (0+ / 0-)

    14, I was in that crowd in '76 along with the fam.  That was such a spectacular summer to be in Boston.  The tall ships, camaraderie abounded and a real sense that we were gonna make the celebration of our bicentennial one for the ages.  Up until three years ago, I made the annual July 4th trek to the Esplanade, whether with friends or family, always a good time.  Then I discovered the fireworks over Marblehead harbor...

    "We know too much to go back and pretend" - Helen Reddy (humble cosmos shaker)

    by ditsylilg on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 12:29:15 PM PDT

  •  I prefer "Villanova Junction" by Hendrix at (0+ / 0-)

    Woodstock.  I believe it was the last song featured in the movie?  A little out of tune at the beginning, but starting at about 50 seconds in to the song it just gets incredible.  Nobody plays with more feeling.  Most of the popular Hendrix stuff (purple haze etc.) does not appeal to me much but there is a vast treasure trove of amazing recordings by him.  Available on iTunes.

    The U.S. and Israel are belligerent terrorist states. War crimes, large jailed populations, international law breaking, and massive propaganda are a few of the weapons used to crush any chance at peace.

    by Ipracticedissent on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 01:27:49 PM PDT

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