Monterey Pop

Monterey Pop

Mounted by producer Lou Adler and songwriter-performer John Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas), 1967’s Monterey International Pop Festival was the first major festival of the rock-and-roll era. Immortalized by the roaming camera of D. A. Pennebaker and crew, which included the likes of Albert Maysles and Richard Leacock, the festival inspired a new era of live music. The film captures the hushed—Simon and Garfunkel—the explosive—Pete Townshend smashing his Stratocaster—and plenty in-between, reveling in the styles and textures of the groovy audience as much as the light show–drenched performers. Bonus: relative newcomers Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, and Ravi Shankar all become legends before your eyes.

DIRECTED BY: D. A. Pennebaker. WITH: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Mamas and the Papas. 1968. 79 min. USA. Color. English. 4K DCP.

Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation. 

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