2nd in a 3-week series of 50th Anniversary – 1967 Groovy Movie Flashbacks! 7:15 pm | Music/Documentary | 1 hr 36 min | 1 hr 18 min | Documentary, History, Music | Sponsored by The Bakery in New Paltz (ilovethebakery.com) and Lance’s Plumbing Service, Inc.
Monterey Pop is a 1968 concert film by D. A. Pennebaker that documents the Monterey Pop Festival, a three-day concert event held June 16 to June 18, 1967 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.
Join us at the Rosendale Theatre in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival with a restoration of the legendary concert film. Taken from the original 16mm camera negatives and supervised by director D.A. Pennebaker, and boasting a 5.1 surround sound mix engineered by legendary music producer Eddie Kramer, this restoration captures the film’s earth-shaking performances in all their glory.
By the time they got to Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who and the Grateful Dead were established superstars—heroes to the roughly half a million worshipful fans who trekked up to Max Yasgur’s farm to see them in the summer of 1969. Yet just two years earlier, they were entirely unknown to most of those worshipers. All four iconic figures on the 1960s music scene entered the American popular consciousness at an event that preceded and provided the inspiration for Woodstock itself: the Monterey Pop Festival.
From a purely musical perspective, the Monterey Pop Festival was a groundbreaking event, bringing together nearly three dozen well-known and unknown acts representing an eclectic mix of styles and sounds. The great soul singer Otis Redding, the Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar and South African singer/trumpeter Hugh Masekala, for instance, all had their first significant exposure to a primarily white American audience at the Monterey Pop Festival, which also featured such well-known acts as the Animals, the Association, the Byrds, Jefferson Airplane and the Mamas and the Papas. In this sense, the festival not only pioneered the basic idea of a large-scale, multi-day rock festival, but it also provided the creative template that such festivals still follow to this day.
The organizers of the charitable Monterey Pop Festival also set a standard for logistical organization that the organizers of the for-profit Woodstock festival would attempt to follow, only to fall short under the immense pressure of overflow crowds and bad weather. In addition to arranging for private security and medical staff, the organizers of Monterey also deployed a staff of trained volunteers, for instance, whose sole task was to manage episodes among audience members partaking in the nearly ubiquitous psychedelic drugs.
Some 200,000 people attended the Monterey Pop Festival over its three-day schedule, many of whom had descended upon the west coast inspired by the same spirit expressed in the Scott McKenzie song “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair),” written by festival organizer John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas expressly as a promotional tune for the festival. The Summer of Love that followed Monterey may have failed to usher in a lasting era of peace and love, but the festival introduced much of the music that has come to define that particular place and time.
Songs featured in the film, in order of appearance:
Scott McKenzie—”San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”*
The Mamas & the Papas—”Creeque Alley”* and “California Dreamin'”
Canned Heat—”Rollin’ and Tumblin'”
Simon & Garfunkel—”The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”
Hugh Masekela—”Bajabula Bonke (The Healing Song)”
Jefferson Airplane—”High Flyin’ Bird” and “Today”
Big Brother and the Holding Company—”Ball ‘n’ Chain”
Eric Burdon & The Animals—”Paint It Black”
The Who—”My Generation”
Country Joe and the Fish—”Section 43″
Otis Redding—”Shake” and “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”
The Jimi Hendrix Experience—”Wild Thing”
The Mamas & the Papas—”Got a Feelin'”
Ravi Shankar—”Dhun” (“Dadra and Fast Teental”) (mistitled as “Raga Bhimpalasi”)
Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back
Tuesday, June 27
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