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WOODSTOCK: Rocking the world

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The advertisement in the Wall Street Journal ran to just a few lines.

Young Man with unlimited capital looking for legitimate opportunities and business propositions. Box B-331, The Wall Street Journal.

As it turned out, the young man was actually two young men and the ad's offer wasn't all it appeared. But it was these few lines that were the genesis of the hippies' last hurrah, Woodstock, a bit of a do held in a field on a dairy farm in the middle of nowhere 40 years ago this month.

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source: NZPA

image: WOODSTOCK/JIMI HENDRIX....Backstage at Woodstock....

Vietnam was at Woodstock. It was in the crowd and on the stage, most memorably in headliner Jimi Hendrix's evisceration of the Star Spangled Banner on the final morning.

In his book on Hendrix, Crosstown Traffic, British rock writer Charles Shaar Murray called Hendrix's performance of the US national anthem at Woodstock "probably the most complex and powerful work of American art" to deal with the Vietnam war and its corrupting, distorting effect on successive generations of the American psyche.

"The ironies were murderous: a black man with a white guitar; a massive, almost exclusively white audience wallowing in a paddy field of its own making; the clear, pure, trumpet-like notes of the familiar melody struggling to pierce through clouds of tear-gas, the flames, the heavy palls of smoke stinking with human grease, the hovering chatter of helicopters ..."


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