In rock and roll virtuoso Jimi Hendrix's rendition of the national anthem, Hendrix electrified a familiar soundscape by adding his signature dissonant notes, shrill and strident sounds that invite listeners to question: Is this an anthem or a dirge? I argue that at that historical moment, Hendrix's rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" is both--a melancholy expression of the longstanding failures of American democracy and a praise poem by a true patriot.
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