Runtime: 78 minutes
Starring: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Ravi Shankar & many more!
Directed by: D.A. Pennebaker
The Cinematica Movie of the Month for August 2017.
Synopsis: On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey would launch the careers of 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: Pete Townshend destroying his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his.
“It is possible that the way to a new kind of musical — using some of the talent and energy of what is still the most lively contemporary medium — may begin with just this kind of musical performance documentary.” -New York Times (1968)
“Woodstock is more famous, Altamont more notorious, but the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival was the first great coming together of the tribes of the rock ‘n’ roll generation.” -Boulder Weekly