Monterey Pop (1968)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1968.  Cinematography by , , , , , D.A. Pennebaker.  Produced by .  Film Editing by .  

Superb concert film that flows beautifully from beginning to end with the sounds of some really great music. Producer Lou Adler and members of the Mamas and the Papas decided to put on a concert festival in Monterey (home of the popular jazz festival) that ended up igniting the careers of ,  and The Who while also kicking off the Summer Of Love of 1967. Director D.A. Pennebaker includes a fair cross-section of the various acts that performed, though many of them are missing and can now be seen on the fantastic Criterion box set that includes two other films from the same festival. If you haven’t seen the DVD release but are a fan of the film, make sure you check it out as the sound restoration is impeccable and the experience has never been more enjoyable. It’s not the epic that is Woodstock, but it has a modest charm that somehow makes it so much richer to experience. Also includes performances by , Jefferson Airplane and the Mamas and the Papas themselves (just months before they split up).

The Criterion Collection:  #168

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