The Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation will be releasing an anniversary edition CD / Digital Album, titled Iconic Performances From The Monterey International Pop Festival on June 9 to celebrate Monterey International Pop Festival’s 50th anniversary. It features previously unreleased performances by The Grateful Dead and Laura Nyro, as well as iconic performances of the festival by Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Simon & Garfunkel, Buffalo Springfield, The Electric Flag, The Mamas & The Papas, and others. The album includes a new essay by NME journalist Keith Altham, who attended the festival in 1967, in addition to a reproduction of the original festival Artist pass, 16-page booklet, and a gold-foil package to mark the 50th anniversary of the festival.
Monterey International Pop Festival has been called one of the most important events in the history of Rock & Roll music. It was the first major rock festival and rock charity, a forerunner and blueprint for charity concerts such as Live Aid, Farm Aid, as well as the commercial festivals, Coachella and Outside Lands. The festival was a historic musical and cultural explosion, introducing to the world Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding and The Who, to name a few. With its motto, “Music, Love and Flowers,” Monterey International Pop Festival drew hundreds of thousands of people to Northern California in 1967. It was a celebration of benevolence and cultural change, the key event of the Summer of Love, and presented rock music as a movement, not just in California, but globally. CLICK HERE for more information on the Monterey International Pop Foundation.
Additionally, to commemorate Monterey Pop’s 50th anniversary, the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE will be presenting the Monterey International Pop Festival: Music, Love, and Flowers, 1967 exhibit beginning May 11. Janus Films will re-release the newly restored film, “Monterey Pop,” directed by D.A. Pennebaker on June 14 in New York City, and on June 16 in Los Angeles and across the country. The Criterion Collection is preparing a special 50th-anniversary commemorative edition for release this fall. It was also announced that Another Planet Entertainment, Goldenvoice, and The Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation will be presenting a 50th anniversary celebration festival from June 16 – 18 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds – the exact date and location it once took place 50 years ago. It will feature performances by Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Booker T. Jones, Father John Misty, Jim James and more. 3-Day GA and VIP Tickets on Sale Friday, April 21 at 10am PT – CLICK HERE for more information.
Buffalo Springfield – “For What It’s Worth”
Paul Butterfield – “Driftin Blues”
The Grateful Dead – “Out In the Cold, Rain and Snow”
Simon and Garfunkel – “Sounds of Silence”
Laura Nyro – “Poverty Train”
The Electric Flag – “Wine”
Jefferson Airplane – “White Rabbit”
Big Brother and the Holding Company (feat. Janis Joplin) – “Ball and Chain”
The Who – “Substitute”
Hugh Masekela – “Bajabula Bonke (Healing Song)”
Otis Redding – “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”
Jimi Hendrix – “Like a Rolling Stone”
The Mamas & The Papas – “California Dreamin'”