• Fifty years ago, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, thousands flocked to the Monterey County Fairgrounds for what would become one of the most iconic gatherings of the 1960s. Featuring acts as wide-ranging as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and Ravi Shankar—many of them little-known at the time—the Monterey International Pop Festival was a remarkable expression of a flourishing counterculture and a watershed moment for rock and roll. The event also lives on in film history, thanks to Direct Cinema pioneer D. A. Pennebaker’s Monterey Pop, an extraordinary document that bears witness to many of the weekend’s earthshaking performances.

    This year, in celebration of the festival’s golden anniversary, a new three-day concert was held in Monterey and a 4K restoration of the film debuted. As audiences were able to consider Monterey’s legacy anew, Pennebaker—now ninety-plus years old—also took the opportunity to reflect back on his experiences in June 1967. In the clip above, drawn from a supplement on our new Complete Monterey Pop Festival box set (and also included on our new stand-alone edition of Monterey Pop), the filmmaker attends an outdoor screening of the restoration in Bologna, Italy, and visits a retrospective exhibit of photographs in Monterey, all the while testifying to his good fortune, and sharing his impressions of such legends as Joplin and Hendrix.

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  • By Bergmaniac
    December 13, 2017
    05:30 PM

    I love how Jimi Hendrix pulled out all the stops and took the guitar and showmanship beyond the stratosphere, leaving Pete Townshend in his dust. Such an influential performance. The beginning of a new phase in rock music. Ravi Shankar was absolutely mind-blowing! The world needed to see and hear Ravi. Monterey Pop was when festivals were about the music, and only the music.
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  • By Patrick
    December 14, 2017
    08:22 AM

    Monterey Pop is spectacular when projected in 4K.
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