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.
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The greatest rock festival of the 1960's, by the greatest rockumentarian of the 1960's. The whole thing is amazing, the performances, the crowd, but just look at Mama Cass's reaction when Janis Joplin finishes "Ball and Chain". Wow, she's saying. Me, too, WoW. Also featuring Jimi Hendrix, The Jefferson Airplane, Hugh Masakela, Ravi Shankar, Otis Redding, The Grateful Dead, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Who.
It doesn't get much better than this. You just have to love the audience reactions, like Mama Cass upon seeing Janis Joplin or Mike Bloomfield and Jimi Hendrix jamming to Ravi Shankar. The box set is fabulous with loads of extras.
There are some documentaries that are so interesting because the camera just, seemingly arbitrarily, shoots what's in front of it. There's an attitude captured here. It's a time capsule...a little hippie miracle on film.
5 stars to “The Complete Monterey Pop Festival” released by Criterion, including:
- “Monterey Pop”
- “Monterey Pop - The Outtake Performance”
- “Jimi Plays Monterey”
- “Shake! Otis at Monterey”
The twenty minute sitar jam at the end of the film is indeed worth standing ovation, but, especially with today's attention spans, is very arduous to get through, especially sober.
This film stands as a great monument to an era, one in which I wish I were around to have participated in.
Thanks for making this available, I see the atmosphere that the place had, the harmony and ll the good vibes, not to mention the fashion and last but not least the amazing music experienced in the 60's, wish i would have lived it.. and janis oh janis, simply amazing..