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The Cultural History of Woodstock and a Message of Hope

Harlan Lebo is a cultural historian at the Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He is the author of 100 Days: How Four Events in 1969 Shaped AmericaHis previous books include Citizen Kane, Casablanca: Behind the Scenes, The Godfather Legacy, and Citizen Kane: A Filmmakers Journey. He resides in Los Angeles.

The 1969 event in upstate New York that would become known as Woodstock was originally billed as “three days of peace and music.”  But as Harlan Lebo, author of 100 Days: How Four Events in 1969 Shaped America (Amazon,Barnes & Noble) explains, Woodstock would become more than just another rock festival. This is the first in a two part series on Woodstock. 

In the early morning hours of Monday, August 18, 1969, the Woodstock weekend concluded in spectacular fashion with Jimi Hendrix’s performance.  Hendrix played for nearly two hours – the longest set of his career.

Forty-five minutes into his set, Hendrix broke into his own rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” injecting the national anthem with new meaning for a new generation.  CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

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