Jimi Hendrix's “Star Spangled Banner”

Eric F. Clarke

in Ways of Listening

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195151947
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199870400 | DOI:
Jimi Hendrix's “Star Spangled Banner”

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This chapter is focused on an analysis and discussion of the soundtrack of Jimi Hendrix's performance at Woodstock of the “Star Spangled Banner”. This sound recording is used as a more extended demonstration of the ways in which the ideas introduced in the previous chapter can be applied to music. It is argued that the approach can be used to identify a general character of “instability” functioning in the recording in three domains: the domain of sound events; the domain of musical materials; and the domain of cultural practices. All three of these are specified in sound relative to suitably enculturated listeners.

Keywords: America; instability; noise; guitar; performance

Chapter.  4159 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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