In August 1970 600,000 fans flocked to the Isle of Wight to witness the third and final festival to be held on the island. Besides the music, they also got a look at the greed, cynicism and... See full summary »
Legendary California music festival (pre-Woodstock) that launched the state-side careers of several performers, most notably Jimi Hendrix. Check out Mama Cass being absolutely blown away while watching Joplin sing. Here there be REAL acid rock. Written by
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Legend has it Laura Nyro was booed off the stage at Monterey. This was widely reported in rock publications (such as Rolling Stone) at the time and mentioned in several of Nyro's obituaries after her death in 1997. Footage of her performance (unreleased until the DVD box set) shows otherwise - she receives a warm round of applause from the audience. D.A. Pennebaker believes Nyro imagined the negative reaction, and may have even helped spread the rumor herself. See more »
In the opening credits, a hand-drawn title says "IN ORDER OF PEFORMANCE", misspelling the word "PERFORMANCE". See more »
This is a classic documentary of 60s rock, captured live before all the hype and hoopla of hippiedom sank most of these acts (and many others). The Monterey Pop Festival kicked off the Summer of Love and remains the prime event of that epoch. The film should be seen by anyone who claims a passing interest in "Woodstock" or "the 60s." I give it 10 stars.
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