Monterey Pop
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New York City, in the fall of 1966, Alan Pariser had an idea for the greatest concert in the history of rock and roll. As a counter-concert to the annual Monterey Jazz Festival, Pariser, an L.A. scene maker and sometime concert promoter, along with John Philips (leader of the Mamas and the Papas) and Lou Adler (the president of Dunhill Records), drummed up the idea of a concert unlike any other. With a banner declaring it a, celebration of music, love and flowers, the forerunner to Woodstock was born. Like Woodstock, Monterey Pop was devised as a non-profit event, complete with a board of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is possible that the way to a new kind of musical -- using some of the talent and energy of what is still the most lively contemporary medium -- may begin with just this kind of musical performance documentary."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"... a concert film as a cinema vérité documentary, a little shaggy, a little low-fi, up close and intimate and very much in tune with the audience basking in the joy of the music..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"From that mix of cultural revolution, undeniable talent, and stage-managed hype came Monterey Pop, the first in a cycle of widely-released, mass-audience 'rockumentaries.'"
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The historical festival is forever young on DVD, and the format allows for tons of archival footage... and what's better than new stuff?"
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"The film possesses a quality of nostalgia beyond the fact that it was made way back in 1967."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"D.A. Pennebaker's great concert film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...a beatific 79-minute document that set out to catch the look, the feel, and especially the sounds of a seminal moment in American popular culture."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"an affectionate glimpse of the music that influenced our parents to be hippies"
‑ Rachel Gordon,
"Plays today like a dry run for 1970's Woodstock and Gimme Shelter, without the epic scope of the former or the Dionysian drama of the latter."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Next to Woodstock, this is an excellent glimpse into the sixties and the musical experience, with great performances from rock legends."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"Woodstock is more famous, Altamont more notorious, but the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival was the first great coming together of the tribes of the rock 'n' roll generation."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
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