Fifty years ago this weekend, June 16-18, 1967, the first (and only) Monterey International Pop Festival took place, ushering a new era of rock ‘n’ roll and launching the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding. And they were just a few of the wildly diverse roster of performers, who also included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela and Ravi Shankar.
Filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker has supervised a beautiful digital restoration of his cinéma-vérité masterpiece (originally shot on 16mm!), and legendary music producer Eddie Kramer has engineered a 5.1 surround sound mix, so this film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival now sounds better than ever. (US 1968) 80 min.