Laura Nyro at Monterey Pop

Not all of the amazing acts from the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival—which is celebrating its forty-fifth anniversary this weekend—made it into the final cut of D. A. Pennebaker’s documentary Monterey Pop. Among the casualties was Laura Nyro, who gave one of the more notorious performances. The story goes she left the stage in tears, convinced she had been booed—though this has been disputed over the years. In this footage from her set—included in the two hours of outtakes in our collector’s edition, The Complete Monterey Pop Festival—we hear no boos (we do hear a “Beautiful!” or two). We think it is a compelling performance, well worth a listen.

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