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23 October 1987 (Finland) See more »
Jimi Hendrix's landmark concert in Monterey County Fairgrounds in California in which he plays signature songs like "Purp;e Haze," "Foxy Lady," and "Wild Thing." | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)
Noel Redding ... Himself
John Mitchell ... Himself (as Mitch Mitchell)
John Phillips ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Harrison ... Himself (archive footage)

Mick Jagger ... Himself (archive footage)
Brian Jones ... Himself (archive footage)

Janis Joplin ... Herself (archive footage)

John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)

Paul McCartney ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Shaar Murray ... Himself - Commentary

Ringo Starr ... Himself (archive footage)
Denny Dent ... Street painter (uncredited)

Directed by
Chris Hegedus 
D.A. Pennebaker 
Produced by
Alan Douglas .... producer
Frazer Pennebaker .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Nick Doob  (as James Desmond)
Barry Feinstein 
Richard Leacock 
Albert Maysles 
Roger Murphy 
D.A. Pennebaker 
Nicholas T. Proferes 
Film Editing by
David Dawkins 
Alan Douglas 
Chris Hegedus 
D.A. Pennebaker 
Sound Department
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Music Department
Chester Burnett .... composer: song "Killing Floor"
Paul McCartney .... composer: song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

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50 min
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Although they declined the invitation to perform because they had sworn off touring permanently, all four Beatles were on the festival's board of directors. George Harrison had helped recommend 'Ravi Shankar (I)', and Paul McCartney had pushed for the organizers to sign Jimi Hendrix, who was unknown in the United States at the time.See more »
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Edited from Monterey Pop (1968)See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Not very long, but essential viewing for Hendrix (and most rock) fans, 28 January 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Still one of the most famous rock festivals of all time, Monterey Pop brought together much of the music that was striking chords with young people all over America- some of the talent that had been obscure or small time in the US (Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix), while others were huge smash bands (The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, Mamas and the Papas), not to mention a breakthrough performance for Ravi Shankar. With this accompaniment to the feature film, which was released twenty years or so before this, Hendrix and the Experience brought their sound for the first time after being the cult favorites in the UK. It's not a long concert, but it can certainly be counted as one of his most notorious.

There were allegations, which perhaps could or could not be true (I haven't read any biographies about the concert, but I heard the rumors), that Hendrix was on acid during the set. Whatever he was on or wasn't on, the songs that come through (filmed with superb documentary detail by DA Pennebaker, with assistance from Albert Maysles) are none-the-less mesmerizing. Aside from what has been played over and over to show the insane magnitude of Hendrix (burning his guitar after a crazed rendition of "Wild Thing"), there's also a turn of "Like a Rolling Stone", "Hey Joe", and a beautiful bit with "The Wind Cries Mary". There could've been more in the way of interviews, but as it is, Jimi Plays Monterey is a fine little companion piece to the film.

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