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Release Date:
2 June 1969 (Sweden) See more »
Filmed At The Monterey International Pop Festival by D.A. Pennebaker
A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
2 nominations See more »
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Scott McKenzie ... Performer
Denny Doherty ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)

Cass Elliot ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)
John Phillips ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)

Michelle Phillips ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)
Frank Cook ... Performers (as Canned Heat)
Bob Hite ... Performers (as Canned Heat)
Henry Vestine ... Performers (as Canned Heat)
Alan Wilson ... Performers (as Canned Heat)

Art Garfunkel ... Performers (as Simon and Garfunkel)

Paul Simon ... Performers (as Simon and Garfunkel)
Hugh Masekela ... Performer
Marty Balin ... Performers (as Jefferson Airplane)
Jack Casady ... Performers (as Jefferson Airplane)
Spencer Dryden ... Performers (as Jefferson Airplane)
Paul Kantner ... Performers (as Jefferson Airplane)
Jorma Kaukonen ... Performers (as Jefferson Airplane)
Grace Slick ... Performer, with Jefferson Airplane
Peter Albin ... Performers (as Big Brother and The Holding Company)
Sam Andrew ... Performers (as Big Brother and The Holding Company)
Dave Getz ... Performers (as Big Brother and The Holding Company)
James Gurley ... Performers (as Big Brother and The Holding Company)
Larry Taylor ... Performers

Janis Joplin ... Performer

Eric Burdon ... Performers (as Eric Burdon and The Animals)
Vic Briggs ... Performers (as Eric Burdon and The Animals)
Barry Jenkins ... Performers (as Eric Burdon and The Animals)
Danny McCulloch ... Performers (as Eric Burdon and The Animals)
John Weider ... Performers (as Eric Burdon and The Animals)

Roger Daltrey ... Performers (as The Who)

John Entwistle ... Performers (as The Who)

Keith Moon ... Performers (as The Who)

Pete Townshend ... Performers (as The Who)
Bruce Barthol ... Performers (as Country Joe and The Fish)
David Cohen ... Performers (as Country Joe and The Fish)
Chicken Hirsh ... Performers (as Country Joe and The Fish)
Country Joe McDonald ... Performers (as Country Joe and The Fish)
Barry Melton ... Performers (as Country Joe and The Fish)
Otis Redding ... Performer

Jimi Hendrix ... Performer

Ravi Shankar ... Performer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Animals ... Themselves
Big Brother and the Holding Company ... Themselves
Canned Heat ... Themselves
Country Joe and the Fish ... Themselves
Jefferson Airplane ... Themselves
The Mamas and the Papas ... Themselves

The Who ... Themselves
Booker T. & the M.G.s ... Themselves (uncredited)

Steve Cropper ... Himself - Booker T. & the MG's (uncredited)

Micky Dolenz ... Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)

Donald Dunn ... Himself - Booker T. & the MG's (uncredited)
Al Jackson Jr. ... Himself - Booker T. & the MG's (uncredited)

Booker T. Jones ... Himself - Booker T. & the MG's (uncredited)
Brian Jones ... Himself (uncredited)
John Mitchell ... Performer, with Jimi Hendrix (uncredited)

Laura Nyro ... Performer (uncredited)
Noel Redding ... Performer, with Jimi Hendrix (uncredited)
Johnny Rivers ... Performer (uncredited)

Tom Smothers ... Himself (uncredited)
Carol Wayne ... Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)

Directed by
D.A. Pennebaker 
Produced by
Lou Adler .... producer
John Phillips .... producer
Cinematography by
Nick Doob  (as James Desmond)
Barry Feinstein 
Richard Leacock 
Albert Maysles 
Roger Murphy 
D.A. Pennebaker 
Film Editing by
Nina Schulman 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Maddox .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Mary Lampson .... assistant editor

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Additional Details

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78 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (original release) | Dolby (re-release) | Mono (original release)
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Did You Know?

Johnny Rivers can be seen in the film, though not performing. He is shown as he is getting off the plane to get his bags.See more »
Miscellaneous: In the opening credits, a hand-drawn title says "IN ORDER OF PEFORMANCE", misspelling the word "PERFORMANCE".See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Kids Are Alright (1979)See more »


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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Three Days of Music and Love, 8 December 2008
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

I have a confession to make. I did not know anything about the Monterey International Pop Festival nor about documentary made by the famous filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker until last Saturday when I turned on my TV and it was showing on MHD channel. Even more, I only caught the last 20 minutes of the film but what I saw and what I heard during the great finale simply mesmerized me. The last performance in the film belongs to Ravi Shankar, the legendary sitarist who along with Alla Rakha on tabla and Kamala at taboura plays 18 minutes long composition called "Raga Bhimpalasi." Along with The Who, Ravi Shankar was introduced to America at the Monterey festival. Eighteen minutes of Raga Bhimpalasi, the final scene of the Monterey Pop film, was an excerpt from Shankar's four-hour performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival his first public concert in front of a new generation of music fans.

What started as slow and exotic sensuality, built up into blissful frenzy duel between sitar and tabla. It is incredibly creative and intriguing how Pennebaker shot the Shankar's performance and made it as much a visual delight as it was a sound. For the first seven minutes, we only hear the sounds of music and see how the audience reacts on the unusual exciting Eastern chords and rhythms, we don't see the musicians. The director moves his camera from one young face in the audience to another, from different rows and different angles. Then, he slowly turns the camera toward the stage and moves it extremely close to Ravi and Alla, so close that we are able to see their faces and the hands, and you would think that Shankar has not two but six hands, just like the Indian God Shiva because it is impossible to believe that such multitude of sounds and emotions could be achieved with two hands only. In the last minute of Shankar's performance, the camera moves aside letting us see the musicians and the totally fascinated and conquered listeners that give the genius performer the long standing ovation, and he thanks them back. While witnessing the incredible act of music born and performed in front of me, I only wished this moment never end. After the scene (and the film) was over, the first thing I did was to find out what I saw and to order the DVD on-line. Only when doing research, I learned about the Monterey International Pop Festival that was a three-day concert event held June 16 to June 18, 1967 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. The celebrated Woodstock happened two years after Monterey, in August, 1969.

My Criterion "Monterey Pop" DVD arrived surprisingly fast, and I was able to enjoy all performances recorded by D.A. Pennebaker's team that used newly newly-developed portable 16mm color cameras equipped to record synchronized sound. Sound was captured by Wally Heider's mobile studio on state-of-the art eight-track tape. To see and to listen to the talented and famous musicians, many of whom were just in the beginning of their careers was an unforgettable and joyous experience. Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, and Otis Redding, all became the celebrities after their first major public performances during the first and sadly the last Monterey International Rock Music Festival. Summer of Love started that weekend, forty one years ago at the small town of Monterey, CA, and that summer made Monterey immortal.

More than once I thought I wish I was there and could be a part of the magic festival. I know that the Monterey Pop will be one of my favorite DVD's and I will return to it over and over again.

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