Before Woodstock, before Altamont, before Live-Aid and Glastonbury and Coachella, there was Monterey. On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the first Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey featured career-making performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few among a wildly diverse cast that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar. With his characteristic vérité style, D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend such as Pete Townshend destroying his guitar while Jimi Hendrix set fire to his. This is a rare opportunity to see historic and iconic performances captured live and now re-released in a special re-mastered 4k digital restoration. This might be the very best way to mark the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love”…
- Rating: NR
- Genre: Documentary, History, Music
- Director: D.A. Pennebaker
- Cast: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar
- Runtime: 1 Hr. 18 Mins.
- Language: English
- Official Website: Monterey Pop 50th Anniversary