Monterey Pop

Dir: D.A. Pennebaker
Cast: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar
78mins   1968   USA   PG   English   

Part of Depot's Summer of Music season

On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the first Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade's spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey featured career-making performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few among a wildly diverse cast that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar. With his characteristic verite style, D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalising moments that have become legend: Pete Townsend destroying his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his.

'Monterey Pop is a vibrant encapsulation of that far-off event, with one jaw-dropping performance after another' - Sean P Means, Salt Lake Tribune