“The mother of all concert films!”
In cinematic images we travel back to a beautiful June weekend in 1967. At the high point of the ‘Summer of Love’, the Monterey International Pop Festival heralded a new era of rock ‘n’ roll, peace & love. Monterey launched the career of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding, and gave The Mamas and the Papas, The Who, High Masekela and Ravi Shankar an international podium. In his characteristic cinéma vérité style, director D.A. Pennebaker records immortal moments, such as Pete Townsend smashing his guitar, after which Jimi Hendrix set his on fire. In other words: Monterey Pop is the mother of all concert films. Come welcome this mother.