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604 Ratings

Monterey Pop

Directed by D.A. Pennebaker
United States, 1968
Documentary, History, Music


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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Monterey Pop Directed by D.A. Pennebaker
It remains the definitive live document of the hippie era, a vivid portrait of a cultural movement still in its ascendancy. . . . Amid these seismic snapshots of music’s evolution, Pennebaker captures a number of grace notes of performers and even crowd members at work and at play.
January 09, 2018
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Fifty years on, what Monterey Pop offers contemporary audiences is a powerful reminder of a largely absent world, a glimpse into an era that begat one of the last collective gasps of romantic utopianism of our time.
December 21, 2017
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The effect is one of estranging intimacy, bringing us impossibly near to these sublime beings onstage and yet somehow ensuring that they remain forever mysterious, magical, and untouchable.
June 14, 2017
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