Tomorrow marks the 40th anniverary of the opening of the Monterey Pop Festival, the signature event of the Summer of Love. Organized by rock producer Lou Adler and John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, the event ran from June 16 to 18, 1967 at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.
Yes, Woodstock was more famous, and infamous, but Monterey was first. The first open-air rock festival. With the first major public performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding.
Here are some highlights from the wonderful documentary by D. A. Pennebacker.
Gotta start with Hendrix. Here he is setting his guitar on fire:
And here’s Janis doing “Ball and Chain”:
Simon and Garfunkel’s “59th Street Bridge Song” was my favorite tune when I was four or five years old. It was a frequent eight-track request during outings in the family car:
And finally, here’s Norah Jones’s dad: