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Monterey Pop (1968)

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

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D.A. Pennebaker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott McKenzie Scott McKenzie ... Performer
Denny Doherty ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)
Cass Elliot ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)
John Phillips John Phillips ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)
Michelle Phillips ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)
Frank Cook Frank Cook ... Performers (as Canned Heat)
Bob Hite Bob Hite ... Performers (as Canned Heat)
Henry Vestine Henry Vestine ... Performers (as Canned Heat)
Alan Wilson 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)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Monterrey Pop See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,524, 26 August 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,524, 26 August 2001
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4-Track Stereo (original release)| Dolby (re-release)| Mono (original release)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When John Phillips introduces Canned Heat he announced them as being from San Francisco. Actually, the band was from Los Angeles. See more »

Quotes

Janis Joplin: [Opening lines - sung] Oh-oh-oh! Yeah! Oh-oh-oh! Yeah!
Sam Andrews: So, come to San Francisco and look around and you'll feel more at the Fillmore! You'll feel more!
Janis Joplin: Oh-oh-oh! Yeah!
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Alternate Versions

The 1997 video version includes as an appendix The Who's performance of "A Quick One While He's Away." See more »

Connections

Referenced in VH1 Legends: The Grateful Dead (1996) See more »

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If You Think The Film Is Great, Check Out the Outtakes
21 November 2002 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This has to be one of the greatest concert documentaries ever made. You get to see some of the greatest early performances by some of rock's greatest legends (Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Janis Joplin) as well as the performance of one band on their last legs, the Mamas and the Papas. The festival also could be seen as a turning point in popular music due to the fact that after the festiveal the more singles oriented acts were being pushed aside in favor of the more progressive album oriented artists.

Also, if you need more convincing of how much of a pivotal event this was, check out the outtakes video. It contains many of the performances that didn't make it to the film, including Buffalo Springfield without Neil Young who had quit the band a month before their scheduled appearance. Replacing him for this performance was David Crosby, who performed earlier with the Byrds but joined his friend Stephen Stills and the rest of the Springfield for the show (less than a year later Crosby and Stills would team up with Graham Nash and the rest is history). Also check out Laura Nyro. Legend has it that she was booed off the stage. However, she gets a nice applause for her renditions of her classics "Wedding Bell Blues" and "Poverty Train".


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