Monterey Pop
Monterey Pop (1968)

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,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 26, 1968
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2006
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Renata Adler
New York Times

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.

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Sean Axmaker

... 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...

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TV Guide

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.'

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

The film possesses a quality of nostalgia beyond the fact that it was made way back in 1967.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

D.A. Pennebaker's great concert film.

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Mark Bourne

...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.

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Rob Gonsalves

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat

Next to Woodstock, this is an excellent glimpse into the sixties and the musical experience, with great performances from rock legends.

Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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.

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Cameron Johnson
Well, it's good to see that D. A. Pennebaker can make a fly-on-the-wall music documentary that isn't kind of dull, as surely as it's good to see… More
This film documents the titular music festival that was said to be a precursor to Woodstock. Such claims of inspiration seem a bit dubious as this was clearly… More