Monterey Pop

USA 1968. Dir: D.A. Pennebaker. 78 min. DCP

“Monterey was the purest, most beautiful moment of the whole sixties trip ... It was a magical, pure moment in time.”
DENNIS HOPPER

NEW RESTORATION! | An essential record of a defining countercultural moment! Held in June 1967, some two years before Woodstock, the Monterey International Pop Festival, one of the world’s first major rock fests, ushered in the Summer of Love and launched the legendary careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding. Directed by famed documentarian D. A. Pennebaker (Dont Look Back, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars), this seminal cinéma vérité concert film captures sizzling performances from Hendrix, Joplin, and Redding as well as appearances by The Who, Canned Heat, Mamas and the Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Simon and Garfunkel, Hugh Masekela, and Ravi Shankar, among others. Pennebaker himself supervised this beautiful new 50th-anniversary restoration, featuring a 5.1 surround sound mix from noted record producer and sound engineer Eddie Kramer. Warning: Guitars were harmed in the making of this film.


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REVIEWS

"Quite simply one of the best rock concert films ever, thanks not only to some great performances, but also to the way it sums up the spirit of the times."

Time Out | full review

"It is possible that the way to a new kind of musical may begin with just this kind of musical performance documentary."

New York Times | full review