Neil Young performs “Star-Spangled Banner” in the style of Hendrix

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On the occasion of Thanksgiving, Neil Young released a rendition of the American anthem evoking the famous version by Jimi Hendrix.

On Thanksgiving 2023, Canadian-American singer-songwriter Neil Young released a roughly three-minute video in which he performs a Jimi Hendrix-style version of ” Star-Spangled Banner “. The video ends with a simple message written on the screen: “ BE BRAVE ” And ” STAND FOR PEACE » (“ be brave ” And ” Support peace “)

The video makes no direct reference to an ongoing war or armed conflict. However, days earlier, Young posted a separate written statement online, which included the following: “ For our many Palestinian friends and our many Jewish friends, we must start fresh in the present and shake off our terrible ties to the past. As bad as they are, they must be forgotten so that we can be free to move forward in life together, all of humanity, focusing on saving our planet for future generations of all people. »

The music icon has a long history of being politically outspoken, including recording an entire album about his fury over George W. Bush and the Iraq War. In early 2020, Young published an open letter to Donald Trump, calling the President of the United States “a shame for my country “. Young added: “ Your reckless destruction of our shared natural resources, our environment, and our relationships with our friends around the world is unforgivable. »

Earlier this week, Mr. Young also announced that he was leaving Elon Musk’s X due to the billionaire’s public embrace of a racist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theory online.


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