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Monterey Pop (1968)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, Music | 23 April 1969 (France)
A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.

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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 Raymond Clay <banquosa@concentric.net>

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$1,524 (USA) (24 August 2001)

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The Lovin' Spoonful were also considered for the festival but they declined due to the legal troubles of guitarist Zal Yanovsky who had been arrested on marijuana charges. See more »

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In the opening credits, a hand-drawn title says "IN ORDER OF PEFORMANCE", misspelling the word "PERFORMANCE". See more »

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Featured in Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (2007) See more »

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Brief flash of rock & pop thunder before the '60s came to a crashing end...
22 September 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

In June 1967, record mogul Lou Adler and musician John Phillips organized and produced the first three-day outdoor rock music festival, a major, star-studded event held at the County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California and filmed by D.A. Pennebaker and his crew. Phillips is seen performing two numbers with his group, Mamas and the Papas, though their spotlight is definitely stolen by Janis Joplin leading Big Brother & The Holding Company on "Ball & Chain", as well as The Jimi Hendrix Experience performing a fuzzy, funky "Wild Thing" (with a touch of "Strangers in the Night" in Hendrix's guitar solo). Pennebaker is just as interested in the colorful (if curiously sedate) crowd of concert-goers as he is in the music acts, and often we see young men and women in raw, fresh reaction to music which is by-now largely familiar. Jefferson Airplane are intriguing, as is Ravi Shankar on an elongated sitar jam entitled "Raga Bhimpalasi", but Simon & Garfunkel's brief appearance (under a red spotlight) is disappointing. The camera-work is insecure, and the sound (although probably top-flight for 1967) is shaky, but this is a good glimpse at an era long passed by. A must for '60s pop and rock connoisseurs. **1/2 from ****


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