Monterey Pop 50th Anniversary (with D.A. Pennebaker in person!)

Presented by Don’t Knock the Rock

50th Anniversary Release! New restoration from Janus Films.

The electric, magnetic, vital portrait of one of the most incredible musical lineups ever assembled — and the gold standard for all rock festival films! Produced by impresario Lou Adler and The Mamas And The Papas’ John Phillips, 1967’s Monterey International Pop Music Festival was the first of its kind, and featured career-making crossover moments for Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding — alongside equally shattering performances from The Who, Canned Heat, The Animals and a blissful Ravi Shankar. In Monterey Pop, director D.A. Pennebaker (fresh off the legendary Dylan doc Don’t Look Back) captures these landmark live sets intersecting with the very best of vintage peaceful California culture. Alongside the on-stage splendor of guitars and harmonies, Pennebaker’s roving cameras capture a host of vivid and stimulating eye candy amongst the throngs of festival-goers, also making the film an essential sociological document. With beautiful people, beautiful sounds and kaleidoscopic sights, Monterey Pop is an indispensable historical treasure — and a smashing good time.

Dir. D.A. Pennebaker, 1968, DCP, 79 min.

Watch the trailer!