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The Monterey International Pop Music Festival

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The Monterey International Pop Music Festival of 1967 was the festival that really launched the Summer of Love. It also propelled Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin and The Who to superstardom.

Rolling Stone Brian Jones and Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork were among the audience at Monterey, and the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, Ravi Shankar, Grateful Dead, Country Joe & The Fish and Jefferson Airplane also performed at the event. The festival was the brainchild of John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas, promoter Lou Adler, Beatles publicist Derek Taylor, and producer Alan Pariser.

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Beach Boys and Donovan were all lined up for Monterey, but didn't play for various reasons. The Beatles music was getting too difficult to replicate live, while The Beach Boys were beset by a number of problems, including Brian Wilson's depression. Donovan and The Stones couldn't get visas due to their drugs busts, and The Kinks were in a dispute with the American Federation of Musicians, which meant that they couldn't get a work visa.

Hendrix sacrificed his guitar at Monterey, The Who caused mayhem, and legions of pretty girls looked on in confusion. Love was around the corner, albeit for two brief years, before the '60s dream died at Altamont.

- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.


Country Joe & The Fish - Monterey Pop Festival 1967 - Section 43

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