Monterey Pop Monterey Pop

Monterey Pop

D. A. Pennebaker

 
Monterey Pop (Criterion Blu-Ray)

12 Dec 2017

Blu-Ray

2 Discs

SRP: $49.95

Criterion Store price:$39.96

  • United States
  • 1968
  • 79 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #168

On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey featured career-making performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few of the performers in a wildly diverse lineup that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar. With his characteristic vérité style—and a camera crew that included the likes of Albert Maysles and Richard Leacock—D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend smashing his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his, Mama Cass watching Janis Joplin’s performance in awe. This fiftieth-anniversary edition presents Monterey Pop in a new 4K restoration.

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 16-bit 4K digital restoration, supervised by director D. A. Pennebaker, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate soundtrack featuring a 5.1 surround mix by recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • Two hours of performances not included in Monterey Pop, from the Association, Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Blues Project, Buffalo Springfield, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Byrds, Country Joe and the Fish, the Electric Flag, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Al Kooper, the Mamas and the Papas, the Steve Miller Blues Band, Moby Grape, Laura Nyro, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Simon and Garfunkel, Tiny Tim, and the Who (Blu-ray only)
  • Audio commentary from 2002 featuring Pennebaker and festival producer Lou Adler
  • New and archival interviews with Adler and Pennebaker
  • Chiefs (1968), a short film by Richard Leacock, which played alongside Monterey Pop in theaters
  • Audio interviews with festival producer John Phillips, festival publicist Derek Taylor, and performers Cass Elliot and David Crosby
  • Photo-essay by Elaine Mayes
  • Festival program
  • Trailers and radio spots
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Michael Chaiken and Armond White

Film Essays

The Meeting of the ’Twain: Monterey and the Great California Divide

By Barney Hoskyns September 22, 2009

“TRAVELING UP the Coast from the ruins of the Sunset Strip to the Haight is a Dante-esque ascent,” New Yorker Richard Goldstein could write of a journey from southern to northern California in . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Monterey Pop: People In Motion

By Armond White September 22, 2009

A new era in popular music deserves a new era in filmmaking. That’s the basis of the perfect, fortuitous match-up between rock and cinema in D.A. Pennebaker’s Monterey Pop. When Pennebaker and . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Monterey Pop: The First Rock Festival

By Michael Lydon September 22, 2009

The Monterey International Pop Festival is over, all over. And what was it? Was it one festival, many festivals, a festival at all? Does anything sum it up, did it mean anything, are there any . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Anatomy of a Love Festival - Part Two

By Robert Christgau November 11, 2002

Continued from Anatomy of a Love Festival - Part One The real turn-on, though, was the music—twenty-two hours of it, divided into solid chunks that usually ran more than thirty minutes. Friday . . . Read more »


Film Essays

A Bloody Battle over Monterey Pop Festival

By Jann Wenner November 11, 2002

April 6, 1968 MONTEREY—A second Monterey International Pop Festival has for the past month been put in jeopardy by a vicious handful of citizens, cops, and city officials in a small-town drama . . . Read more »

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Memories of Monterey

December 13, 2017

Fifty years after the Summer of Love, Direct Cinema pioneer D. A. Pennebaker looks back on the Monterey International Pop Festival, which he captured in one of his greatest documentaries. Read more »


Photo Galleries


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Repertory Pick: Monterey Pop in North Carolina

April 14, 2016

This week, the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is hosting a screening of D. A. Pennebaker’s 1968 film Monterey Pop. Playing as part of From the Archives: . . . Read more »


One Scene

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One Scene: Monterey Pop

By Sean Durkin June 18, 2012

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Big Screen


Clippings

Real Art

November 19, 2010

A whole bunch of questions arose when the critics at Time Out New York were compiling their new list of the fifty greatest documentaries of all time. As they explain in their introduction to the . . . Read more »


Clippings

Talking Shop: Pennebaker and Hegedus

April 29, 2010

Individually and as partners, D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus have created some of the most electrifying cinema verité films of all time, from pioneering rock films Monterey Pop and Dont Look . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Meeting of the ’Twain: Monterey and the Great California Divide

By Barney Hoskyns September 22, 2009

“TRAVELING UP the Coast from the ruins of the Sunset Strip to the Haight is a Dante-esque ascent,” New Yorker Richard Goldstein could write of a journey from southern to northern California in . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Monterey Pop: People In Motion

By Armond White September 22, 2009

A new era in popular music deserves a new era in filmmaking. That’s the basis of the perfect, fortuitous match-up between rock and cinema in D.A. Pennebaker’s Monterey Pop. When Pennebaker and . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Monterey Pop: The First Rock Festival

By Michael Lydon September 22, 2009

The Monterey International Pop Festival is over, all over. And what was it? Was it one festival, many festivals, a festival at all? Does anything sum it up, did it mean anything, are there any . . . Read more »


Features

Monterey Pop Artist Bios - Part One

By Bruce Eder November 11, 2002

Friday night The Association Terry Kirkman—Vocals, brass, reeds, harmonica, percussion Ted Bluechel, Jr.—Drums Jim Yester—Vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards Russ Giguere—Lead vocals, rhythm . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Anatomy of a Love Festival - Part Two

By Robert Christgau November 11, 2002

Continued from Anatomy of a Love Festival - Part One The real turn-on, though, was the music—twenty-two hours of it, divided into solid chunks that usually ran more than thirty minutes. Friday . . . Read more »


Features

Monterey Pop Artist Bios - Part Five

By Bruce Eder November 11, 2002

The Jimi Hendrix Experience Jimi Hendrix—Guitar, vocals Noel Redding—Bass Mitch Mitchell—Drums It was the performance of Jimi Hendrix at Monterey that made the ABC television network—which had . . . Read more »


Features

Monterey Pop Artist Bios - Part Two

By Bruce Eder November 11, 2002

Country Joe and the Fish Country Joe McDonald—Lead vocals, guitar Bruce Barthol—Bass, guitar Barry Melton—Lead guitar David Cohen—Keyboards Gary “Chicken” Hirsh—Drums, percussion Easily the most . . . Read more »


Features

Monterey Pop Artist Bios - Part Four

By Bruce Eder November 11, 2002

Sunday night The Blues Project Danny Kalb—Lead guitar, vocals Steve Katz—Rhythm guitar, vocals Andy Kulberg—Bass, flute Roy Blumenfeld—Drums John McDuffy—Keyboards, vocals Founded in New York . . . Read more »


Features

Monterey Pop Artist Bios - Part Three

By Bruce Eder November 11, 2002

Saturday night Hugh Masekela (1939 - ) Ever since the mid-1960s, Hugh Masekela has been recognized as one of the leaders in world music and fusion jazz. Among his earliest professional . . . Read more »


Film Essays

A Bloody Battle over Monterey Pop Festival

By Jann Wenner November 11, 2002

April 6, 1968 MONTEREY—A second Monterey International Pop Festival has for the past month been put in jeopardy by a vicious handful of citizens, cops, and city officials in a small-town drama . . . Read more »

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