The Star Spangled Banner was originally a poem written by Francis Scott Key during the American/British war of 1812. While Francis was aboard a British ship trying to negotiate a prisoner exchange, the city of Baltimore was being bombarded. He could do nothing but watch helplessly, as they would not let him leave the ship. The next day, he saw the American flag still waving and upon his return to Baltimore penned the famous lyrics we now sing as our national anthem.
In 1969, another US veteran by the name of Jimi Hendrix, played an “updated” version of the Star Spangled Banner at the Woodstock Festival in upstate New York. His performance changed the history of rock and roll forever.
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