Listen/Watch: “Jimi Hendrix The Star Spangled Banner American Anthem Live

Listen/Watch: “Jimi Hendrix The Star Spangled Banner American Anthem Live at Woodstock 1969” posted by Eduardo Dyablo (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Remember how we turned off the lights, closed our eyes, and listened to Jimi Hendrix’s 1969 rendition of the national anthem? In this discussion, you’ll go back to review that performance, pick one specific detail, and analyze it’s meaning/s by applying Bonilla-Silva’s theory of structural race. This is like a mini-performance analysis (250-300 words). Remember how we discussed in class the technique of separating description and analysis. Paragraph one is your selection and presentation of a key piece of evidence (description) and paragraph two is your analysis (interpretation) of that evidence applying structural race theory to think about direct and hidden meanings. • Listen and observe. Sound is obviously very important to Jimi Hendrix performance so it’s helpful to listen a couple of times with your eyes closed, volume on blast, to get a better feel for what this performance was/is doing • Short Paragraph 1: Choose and describe a key detail/piece of evidence. What stands out to you? What moves you? What bothers you? What are you curious about/want to know more about? Ask these questions to help you select your key detail. As an analytic writer, remember that detail/description is a separate move from interpretation/analysis. Experiment and get creative about how you describe your detail to a reader who might not know who Jimi Hendrix is, what the Star Spangled Banner is, even what an electric guitar is, etc. • Short Paragraph 2: Analysis/Critical Thinking. How might structural race theory help us (your readers/audience) think differently about your key detail/evidence? Remember that critical thinking is about noticing your own and others’ assumptions about what something means. Critical thinking talks about both obvious/direct meanings and implicit/hidden meanings. • Post your short response (250-300 words) and comment substantively on at least 2 other students’ posts.

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