D. A. Pennebaker

Monterey Pop

Monterey Pop

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.

Film Info

  • D. A. Pennebaker
  • United States
  • 1968
  • 79 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #168

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

Purchase Options

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

The Rock Box

The Rock Box

Blu-Ray Box Set

4 Discs

$75.96

Collector's Set

The Complete Monterey Pop Festival

The Complete Monterey Pop Festival

Blu-Ray Box Set

3 Discs

$55.96

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

Monterey Pop
Cast
Janis Joplin
Paul Simon
Art Garfunkel
"Mama" Cass Elliot
John Phillips
Michelle Phillips
Denny Doherty
Jimi Hendrix
Hugh Masekela
Grace Slick
Eric Burdon
Roger Daltrey
Keith Moon
John Entwistle
Pete Townshend
Otis Redding
Ravi Shankar
Credits
Director
D. A. Pennebaker
Produced by
John Phillips
Produced by
Lou Adler
Camera
James Desmond
Camera
Barry Feinstein
Camera
Richard Leacock
Camera
Albert Maysles
Camera
Roger Murphy
Camera
D. A. Pennebaker
Camera
Nick Proferes
Assistant camera
Baird Hersey
Assistant camera
Robert Leacock
Assistant camera
Brice Marden
Assistant camera
Peter Pilafian
Sound
John Cooke
Sound
Tim Cunningham
Sound
Robert Leacock
Sound
John Maddox
Sound
Brice Marden
Sound
Nina Schulman
Sound
Robert Van Dyke
Concerts recorded by
Wally Heider
Stage director
Bob Neuwirth
Stage lighting
Chip Monck
Light show
Headlights
Editor
Nina Schulman
Assistant editor
Mary Lampson
Unit manager
Peter Hansen
Assistants
Peyton Fong
Assistants
Pauline Marden
Assistants
Larry Mong
Titles
Tomi Ungerer

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