The Monterey International Pop Festival marked a special time in cultural history for three days in 1967. It was where D.A. Pennebaker filmed “Monterey Pop,” the acclaimed and ground-breaking documentary, that captured the spirit and sounds of that era and propelled the careers of many rock legends. It blends music and film and the overall scene at the extraordinary event held 50 years ago at the Monterey Fairgrounds.
Now you can step back in time for a special screening of “Monterey Pop” on Friday, May 12. The Monterey County Film Commission will present the “groovy” evening. Wear flowers in your hair and join the fun reminiscing with others who actually attended the original festival. Even those who weren’t yet born in the 60s will enjoy a glimpse of what the youth and the music of the day were like back then at this Monterey celebration of the “Summer of Love.”
Noted rock ‘n roll photographer Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal, whose photos from the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival launched his extraordinary career, will share his memories of the festival and insights on capturing the now-famous moments—and performers–on film.
Musical icons of the 1960s who performed on the festival stage will appear on the theater’s big screen—Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, John Phillips and Mama Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas, Pete Townshend of The Who, Johnny Rivers, Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield, Simon & Garfunkel, Otis Redding, Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shankar, Paul Butterfield and more.
*6:15 pm – Doors
*7:15 pm – Presentation by the nonprofit Monterey County film Commission with Rock ‘N Roll photographer Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal
* 8:00 pm The Film “Monterey Pop”
***NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES FOR ANY REASON***
Monterey Pop Movie
Golden State Theatre Monterey, CA