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Monterey pop
Pennebaker, D. A., director.
Publication Information:
[Santa Monica, Calif.] : Criterion, [2006]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Monterey Pop is the first filmed document of a rock festival. The Monterey Pop Festival, held on California's Monterey Peninsula in 1967, helped launch the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding. Legendary moments captured on film include Pete Townshend destroying his guitar and Jimi Hendrix burning his.
General Note:
Videodisc release of the 1967 rock festival documentary.

Special features: New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by D.A. Pennebaker; New 5.1 mix by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in Dolby Digital and DTS; Audio commentary by festival coproducer Lou Adler and Pennebaker; Exclusive video interview with Adler and Pennebaker; Audio interviews with festival coproducer John Phillips, festival publicist Derek Taylor, and performers Cass Elliot and David Crosby; Photo essay by photographer Elaine Mayes; Original theatrical trailer and radio spots; Monterey Pop scrapbook.
Combination of the two -- San Francisco : Be sure to wear flowers in your hair -- Creeque Alley -- California dreamin' -- Rollin' and tumblin' -- 59th street bridge song (Feelin' groovy) -- Bajabula bonke (Healing song) -- High flyin' bird -- Today -- Ball and chain -- Paint it black -- My generation -- Section 43 -- Shake! -- I've been loving you too long -- Wild thing -- Got a feelin' -- Raga Bhimpalasi.
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ML38.M66 M66 2006V Adult DVD Audio Visual
ML38.M66 M66 2006 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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The first concert film of the rock & roll era, Monterey Pop is an invaluable record of some of the major musical figures of the late 1960s. The organizers of the Monterey International Pop Festival, held June 16-18, 1967, wisely chose to record the proceedings on film for commercial distribution. Even if some of the festival's big acts -- the Byrds, the Grateful Dead, and Buffalo Springfield -- didn't make the final cut for various reasons, the roster of performers who did reads like a who's who of the era: Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, the Who, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & the Holding Company (featuring Janis Joplin), Simon & Garfunkel, and the Mamas & the Papas (that group's leader, John Phillips, was one of the festival's principal organizers). The festival's "international" tag is well-earned by one performer in the film: Ravi Shankar, whose final-day performance was one of the festival's highlights and closes the movie on an exuberant note. Though the festival seemed to be anticipating nearby San Francisco's Summer of Love, the film chooses to concentrate on the musical performers, with only brief intimations of the burgeoning counterculture. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

Criterion marked the 50th anniversary of the seminal 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival with the digital restoration of three iconic concert films directed by Pennebaker (Don't Look Back). The -feature-length Monterey Pop film compiles 18 standout single-song clips by 13 acts from the eclectic lineup, including up-and-comers like the Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix Experience as well as super-stars such as The Who and the Grateful Dead. Penne-baker's influential cinéma vérité style celebrates and documents the 1960s counterculture while capturing such iconic moments as Pete Townshend smashing instruments and Jimi Hendrix lighting his guitar on fire. The other two offerings in the set focus on entire festival appearances, with Jimi Plays Monterey showcasing Hendrix's guitar mastery, and Shake! Otis at Monterey featuring a blistering but too brief set of soul tunes. Each disc includes previously available bonus content, highlighted by performer and filmmaker interviews. An attractive new booklet is packed with concert photos and critical essays. VERDICT The main films and bonus content make this highly recommended for all nostalgic music fans and pop culture historians. [See Trailers, LJ 11/1/17.]--Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.