Monterey Pop

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Overview

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: ...
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Overview

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 and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Mamas and 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.
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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
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Any record of popular culture of the 1960s would be incomplete without at least a mention of Monterey Pop. Monterey Pop offers the rock version of two equally invaluable documentaries, Jazz on a Summer's Day and Festival, which respectively chronicled the jazz and folk festivals held every summer for many years in Newport, RI. Those films offered more coverage of their respective festivals' audience members, suggesting the almost tribal nature of outdoor music gatherings. Monterey Pop lets the music do the talking for a generation of increasingly disaffected young people. The festival provided coming-out parties for a number of influential performers: Jimi Hendrix, leaving audiences members slack-jawed after he sets fire to his guitar; Janis Joplin, having the same effect on fellow singer Cass Elliot; The Who, trying to one-up Hendrix by destroying a guitar and a drum kit; Otis Redding, an established star with the black community reaching out to what he calls "the love crowd" of white hippies; and Ravi Shankar, the Indian musician little-known to American audiences bringing down the house with a final-day display of furious virtuosity (Shankar almost left Monterey after seeing what Hendrix and The Who's Pete Townsend did to their instruments). Although Woodstock ultimately surpassed Monterey Pop for capturing a better sense of the entire experience of an outdoor music festival, Monterey's historical status is unassailable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • UPC: 715515017329
  • Original Release: 1968
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,500

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Monterey Pop
1. "Combination of the Two" [2:34]
2. Set-Up/"San Francisco" [3:27]
3. Preparations Continue [1:16]
4. "Creeque Alley" [1:56]
5. "California Dreamin'" [2:40]
6. "Rollin' and Tumblin'" [2:55]
7. "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" [1:22]
8. "Bajabula Bonke (Healing Song)" [3:40]
9. "High Flyin' Bird" [3:52]
10. "Today" [2:11]
11. "Ball and Chain" [6:17]
12. "Paint It Black" [3:58]
13. "My Generation" [3:02]
14. "Section 43" [5:29]
15. "Shake!" [:57]
16. "I've Been Loving You Too Long" [3:47]
17. "Wild Thing" [7:23]
18. "Got a Feelin'" [2:47]
19. "Raga Bhimpalasi" [18:33]
20. Credits [1:02]
1. Creating the Titles [2:34]
2. Scott McKenzie/Chip Monck [3:27]
3. Taking Care of the Artists [1:16]
4. Two Factions [1:56]
5. Structuring a Concert Film [2:40]
6. "A Complete Show Every Night" [2:55]
7. Paul Simon's Other Role [1:22]
8. Getting the Shot [3:40]
9. Jefferson Airplane's Involvement [3:52]
10. Through a Filmmaker's Eyes [2:11]
11. Joplin's Encore [6:17]
12. The Blues as Theater [3:58]
13. "No One Knew What to Expect"' [3:02]
14. "Get Into Yourself" [5:29]
15. Deciding to Use Two Songs [:57]
16. Otis's Aura [3:47]
17. "Not Prepared for Hendrix" [7:23]
18. Pop Music Ends [2:47]
19. Filming Ravi [18:33]
20. End Credits [1:02]
1. Lou Adler's Beginnings [4:28]
2. On to Monterey [3:36]
3. D. A. Pennebaker's Involvement [4:20]
4. California & John Phillips [3:37]
5. Festival Headquarters [3:04]
6. Sound & Sight [4:33]
7. The Film Takes Shape [5:40]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Monterey Pop
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Commentary
      Commentary: Off
      Commentary: On
      Index
   Supplements
      Adler & Pennebaker Interview
         Play All
         Index
      Scrapbook
         Elaine Mayes Photographs
            Photo Gallery
               Day One
               Day Two
               Day Three
               Crowd
            Photo Essay With Commentary
            Bio
         Festival Program
      Audio Interviews
         John Phillips
            Festival Vision
            Janis
            Monterey vs. Woodstock
            Convincing a Town
            Chynna/Worst Act
            Influences
            Cooperation
            "San Francisco"
            Additional Security
            Effects of the Festival
         Cass Elliot
            Genesis
            Janis
            A Terrible Performance
            The Who
            Laura Nyro/Festivals
         David Crosby
            Monterey
            Jimi Hendrix
            Otis to Ravi
            Bloomfield vs. Hendrix
            A Positive Experience
         Derek Taylor
            An Idea
            Nothing Like It Before
            Turn Off Your Mind
            Opposition
            A Charity Event
            Good Will
            Important to Be There
            Security
            Journalists
            Recollections
            A Pivotal Moment
            Beatles Rumors
            "All You Need Is Love"
            Notable Absences
            The Festival Program
            "What Money?"
      Theatrical Trailer
      Radio Spots
         Play All
         Jimi Hendrix
         Janis Joplin #1
         Janis Joplin #2
         Otis Redding
         The Mamas and the Papas
      The Remix
         About the Remix
         Eddie Kramer Bio
   MIPFF
   Set-Up
      Audio Options
         Dolby Digital 2.0
         Dolby Digital 5.1
         DTS 5.1
         Commentary
         Original Audio
      Color Bars
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