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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Legend has it Laura Nyro was booed off the stage at Monterey. This was widely reported in rock publications (such as Rolling Stone) at the time and mentioned in several of Nyro's obituaries after her death in 1997. Footage of her performance (unreleased until the DVD box set) shows otherwise - she receives a warm round of applause from the audience. D.A. Pennebaker believes Nyro imagined the negative reaction, and may have even helped spread the rumor herself. 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

Scott McKenzie: [singing] If you're going to San Francisco, Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair, If you're going to San Francisco, You're going to be meet some gentle people there...
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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

Edited into Shake!: Otis at Monterey (1987) See more »

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What can I say?
8 December 2006 | by ed-627See all my reviews

I think, that once you see this masterpiece, especially the finale... which ranks with probably the greatest art in music, you'll agree, simply that it is beyond excellence.

Nothing will ever come close to encapsulating the 60's (and I wasn't around then) than this work of art. I could almost live, breathe, smell and rejoice in the atmosphere.

It was a rare combination of genius, the times, and a great filmmaker that made something that I consider one of the greats of my life.

Great Moments? Mamas and Papas, the jet that flew over the festival, the (amateur?) film maker and his camera (reminded me of Donald Sutherland) and the camera moving past the sultry youth during Ravi Shankars finale. Big pieces and little moments.


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