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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)
The Mamas and the Papas ... Themselves (as Mamas and Papas)
John Phillips John Phillips ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)
Michelle Phillips ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)
Canned Heat ... Themselves
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)
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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

Gross USA:

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

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It was revealed several years later that Cream was going to be invited to perform at the festival, but their manager refused and didn't tell the band for several years. Eric Clapton became furious when he found out. See more »

Goofs

When the Jefferson Airplane sings "Today" the camera focuses solely on Grace Slick as if she is singing the lead. But it's really Marty Balin's voice that we hear. Blaine co-wrote the song with Paul Kantner and also sings lead on the studio version. See more »

Quotes

Scott McKenzie: [singing] All across the nation, Such a strange vibration, People in motion. There's a whole generation, With a new explanation, People in motion, People in motion...
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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

Featured in Sinatra: All or Nothing at All: Part 2 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Creeque Alley
Written by John Phillips & Michelle Phillips
Performed by The Mamas and the Papas (John Phillips, Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot, Michelle Phillips)
Studio version, played over film footage of pre-concert activity.
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Classic
4 July 2000 | by HSauerSee all my reviews

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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