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Art Criticism

Updated on Sep 28, 2017

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Since the dawn of recorded history ...

OCCASIONALLY a UNIQUE and truly remarkable individual emerges ...

I may name a few

ALBERT EINSTEIN

LEONARDO DAVINCI

AMADEUS MOZART

JIMI HENDRIX ...

yes , JIMI HENDRIX ...

A truly gifted musical genius

WE knew HIM in our time !

APPLY his genius to a POPULAR art by the name of :

ROCK N ROLL !
ROCK N ROLL may be refered to as a POPULAR art form

COMPLETELY dominating most musical listening during the great period of late 20 th century

NAMELY 1956 - into the early 21 th century ...

WE called it POP MUSIC .

ROCK N ROLL had its HEYDAY roughly during an incredible RENAISSANCE of social change

NAMELY the 1960 s ...

YES - 1960 through 1970 saw an AMAZING repertoire of INCREDIBLE musicians ...

WE had THE BEATLES

BOB DYLAN

THE ROLLING STONES

AND of course ...

JIMI HENDRIX
JIMI HENDRIX was perhaps the MOST gifted guitar artist EVER ...

EVER to walk on TERRA FIRMA

NAMELY ... planet EARTH

JIMI could simply CONJURE and MYSTIFY to such a degree ...
THAT seemingly we were witnessing an event by which GOD emerged ...

WHOA !

YES , during the 1960s we ALSO had a truly gifted guitarist by the name of :

ERIC CLAPTON

MANY , thought ERIC CLAPTON was GOD ...

little did THEY know ...

UNTIL they also witnessed JIMI HENDRIX .

LET us watch a little performance at a certain venue known as WOODSTOCK ...

A short performance for OUR pleasure called THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER .

ENJOY ...
WITHIN this performance a simply MAGICAL - TRANSCENDENT

PERHAPS ... SUBLIME musical experience HAPPENS ...

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER is the national anthem for the UNITED STATES of AMERICA !

YES ...

THIS performance at THIS TIME period in HISTORY was SUBLIME ...

WHY ???

because IT conjured up a great variety of emotions that characterize the 1960s

as well as OUR , the UNITED STATES of AMERICA , involvment in world politics ...

as well as an INDICTMENT of the VIETNAM CONFLICT as IMPERIALISTIC ...

YES ... a POP musical performance of fascinating far reaching associations ...

AN indictment of IMPERIALISTIC sovereignty in WORLD affairs !

HOW ???

LISTEN and experience the performance ...

WE hear a reminiscence of URBAN BLIGHT through the apparent sounds of POLICE SIRENS ...

WE hear the rockets red glare ...

WE hear the suggestions of a very VIOLENT involvement in OUR space ...

the WORLD at large ...
JIMI HENDRIX himself was rather modest ...

HE did NOT believe that HE was the greatest guitarist ...

HE DID KNOW he was a great ARTIST , however ...

he believed , that HIS rendition of ...

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER was beautiful .

MANY people at THAT time thought that , PERHAPS it was a bit CRAZY ...

NOW , we KNOW it was a stark interpretation of a particular reality for the 1960s ...

THAT if the documentary footage STILL exists , will SHOW the world just what THAT time period was ALL about ...
UNFORTUNATELY ...

JIMI left US in 1970 ...

HE pushed and persued greatness AND artistry we may NEVER see again ...

on that GUITAR ...

EXCUSE me while WE kiss THE sky !
thank you for visiting ...

G. SCOTT LAMANNA

LOST IN THOUGHT GALLERY
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