Monterey Pop

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Monterey Pop

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Featuring performances by popular artists of the 1960s, this concert film highlights the music of the 1967 California festival. Although not all musicians who performed at the Monterey Pop Festival are on film, some of the notable acts include the Mamas and the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, Otis Redding, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix's post-performance antics -- lighting a guitar on fire, breaking it and tossing a part into the audience -- are captured.

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Director: DA Pennebaker
Screenwriter: DA Pennebaker
Cast: Janis Joplin
Jefferson Airplane
The Who
Jimi Hendrix
Otis Redding
Ravi Shankar
The Mamas and the Papas
Hugh Masekala
Country Joe and the Fish
Booker T and the MGs

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Monterey Pop is the ONLY film or documentary to capture and convey the ethos and feel of that time.

Of course the festival itself has historically been confirmed as epic. Thank God we have such incredible footage of those artists. However, as a film, and the intention of capturing a moment in time, and now known to be a major historic moment in time, there still to this day (August 2016) has not been a film nor documentary that has also captured the true feeling of that time. Only this documentary. (Not the Woodstock film either. Didn't do it.)

As a film, Monterey Pop is a masterpiece  all on its own.

It is truly now a historical treasure. 

The Monterey Pop festival was really the progenitor of those to follow. It was the actual inspiration for Woodstock (to do the same on the East coast). The location and size of Woodstock became legendary of course. Yet Monterey Pop really stands out better in all respects. 

Especially the film simply as a masterwork of a documentary. The Woodstock film albeit done by the D.A. Pennebaker doesn't come close to the work of Monterey Pop.